09 Mar Expanding Collaborative Care Practices Across Nova Scotia
Your Liberal government continues to work hard to quickly provide primary care supports for patients in our province, specifically focusing on the areas with the greatest needs.
This week, we announced the addition of 39 health professionals across our province. Nurse practitioners, family practice nurses, social workers and a physiotherapist will join 23 collaborative family practice teams in 17 communities.
Of the 23 teams, seven new teams are being created and 16 are being strengthened. One of the new teams is in Dartmouth where a group of doctors will welcome two new nurses to become a collaborative family practice team.
The new primary health care professionals include 15 nurse practitioners, 17 family practice nurses, six social workers and a part-time physiotherapist.
Some are joining practices in the following communities:
New collaborative family practice teams:
Dartmouth – 2 locations (2 Nurse Practitioners, 2 Family Practice Nurses)
Kentville – 2 locations (2 Nurse Practitioners, 2 Family Practice Nurses)
North Sydney – 2 locations (1 Nurse Practitioner, 3 Family Practice Nurses, 1 Social Worker)
Glace Bay (1 Nurse Practitioner, 1 Family Practice Nurse, 1 Social Worker)
Expanded collaborative family practice teams:
Dartmouth (1 Nurse Practitioner, 1 Family Practice Nurse)
Springhill (1 Family Practice Nurse)
Sydney – 2 locations (1 Social Worker, 0.5 Nurse Practitioner, 1.0 Family Practice Nurse, 1.5 other health professionals)
Westville (1 Nurse Practitioner, 1 Family Practice Nurse)
Lunenburg (0.6 Social Worker, 0.4 Physiotherapist)
Windsor (1.0 Family Practice Nurse)
By expanding their practices and working collaboratively, these teams will be able to increase access to primary health care for more Nova Scotians, and many are accepting new patients from the Need a Family Practice registry. In other cases they are stabilizing practices by keeping patients from being added to the registry.
There are additional health professionals being hired to work in communities to address immediate needs as well. They are ensuring practices can continue seeing all the patients they’re currently seeing, and over time some of these teams will be able to take on new ones.
These communities include:
Chester (1 Family Practice Nurse)
Liverpool (1 Nurse Practitioner)
Kingston (1 Nurse Practitioner, 1 Family Practice Nurse)
Musquodoboit Valley (0.8 Family Practice Nurse)
Pictou (2 Nurse Practitioners)
Parrsboro (1 Nurse Practitioner)
Hatchet Lake (1 Nurse Practitioner)
New Glasgow (1 Family Practice Nurse)
Sydney (1 Social Worker)
This builds on our work last spring to create and strengthen teams across Nova Scotia when 23 nurses were hired. These latest hires mean 31 teams in Nova Scotia have now been, or are in the process of being, created or enhanced. This will bring the total number of collaborative primary health-care teams across the province to 57.
Your Liberal government knows there is far more work to be done. We know there are issues within our health care system that cannot be fixed overnight, and that it takes proper planning, targeted investment, and bold leadership. We need to continue to move forward, building on our successes and addressing the challenges.