South Okanagan Similkameen
INITIATIVE UPDATES Summer 2016
Come work with us!
Thank you to physician leads involved in SOS Division of Family Practice projects! A fun, informal appreciation and networking dinner was recently held at the Vanilla Pod Restaurant. Pictured at this event are (back row from left): Dr. Cathy Rooke, Tracy St. Claire, Dr. Glen Burgoyne, Dr. Mark Lawrie, Dr. Tim Phillips, Dr. Brent Harrold, Dr. Bob Mack, Dr. Ron Gans, (front row) Dr. Zoe Ayling, Dr. Margaret Myslek, Dr. Marjorie Krabbe, Terrie Crawford, Dr. Greg Selinger and Dr. Murali Venkataraman.
If you need to find a locum, the SOS Division of Family Practice has three ways to help: • On our recruitment website, we can create your clinic profile and write vacancy notices (www. sosphysicianrecruitment.ca). • We can post your locum needs on the Society of General Practitioners of BC locum jobs board. • We can help you advertise for long-term locums and permanent vacancies on HealthMatchBC. Working with HealthMatchBC, Division staff answer new physician queries, and can facilitate site visits and area tours. Happily, we have had success bringing new physicians to the Okanagan! Contact Aarin Frigon or Julie Young at the Division office to learn more.
Community Snapshot: Residential Care in Oliver and Osoyoos Implementing
improvements to residential care in Oliver and Osoyoos is underway. The Oliver and Osoyoos residential care group, which includes two physician leads (Drs. Margaret Myslek and Robert Calder), managers from McKinney Place, Sunnyvale Centre and Mariposa Gardens and the South Okanagan regional administrator for residential care, meets monthly to discuss how to design and implement local solutions to support residential care. The province is currently funding communities across BC to support the creation of local solutions, while incorporating the following best practices: 24/7 availability and onsite attendance when required, proactive
visits to residents, meaningful medication reviews, completed documentation, and attendance at care conferences. The Oliver Osoyoos group began their work by establishing a rota for each of the local facilities to respond to unattached patients. The group then developed a local action plan, which currently focuses on reducing hassle factors for physician engagement, and communication protocols between facilities and physicians. “We’re working to simplify the INR management of Warfarin and reduce the number of faxes,” says Osoyoos physician lead, Dr. Calder. “We’re expecting this will improve South Okanagan Similkameen
efficiencies for both physicians and facility staff.” The implementation of effective care conferences is being piloted at Oliver facilities. Care conference improvements include staff training, physician lead participation, and an evaluation of the process, which will be shared with facility staff and physicians. “When the care team, family and patient are all in the same room, we’re able to solve big and small problems, and address polypharmacy issues,” adds Calder. After the pilot, other physicians will be encouraged to participate. The residential care group will continue to meet monthly to explore how to implement best practices.
SOS Division of Family Practice initiative updates summer 2016