Expression of Interest for Interprofessional Primary Care Teams
The OCFP, together with the SGFP and our Primary Care Collaborative partners, advocated for the creation of more primary care teams. Our Plan of Action calls for team-based care as one of many solutions necessary to support family doctors and patients. As a result of advocacy efforts, the Government of Ontario announced funding for the creation or expansion of 18 primary care teams. The Ministry of Health and Ontario Health have now posted a call for Expressions of Interest for those who wish to create or expand a team.
The OCFP notes that while the $30 million in funding allocated for this initiative is a step in the right direction, it will not be enough to meet current demand and needs. However, we believe there may be an opportunity for further funding to become available pending the Federal Health Transfer to Ontario. A strong response to the Expression of Interest process could demonstrate further need for immediate supports and convey the magnitude of the issues family doctors and patients are facing.
We understand the application is lengthy and may be challenging for many physicians to complete, especially as you are already dealing with overwhelming administrative tasks and a lack of support. We have heard that some family doctors intend to submit a partial application so that the government can better understand the full scope of need for supports for family doctors.
Please see information below to support you through the application process.
We will continue to advocate strongly to ensure family doctors across all practice types have access to primary care team members – most notably to provide nursing, mental health and addictions counselling, as well as navigation support for complex patients and/or social determinants of health needs.
Please send questions or comments to [email protected].