WHAT IS FACILITY ENGAGEMENT?
Facility Engagement is a provincial initiative that aims to strengthen relationships, engagement, and communication between health authorities and facility-based physicians, to improve their work environment and the delivery of patient care with:
- Improved opportunities for physicians and health authority leaders to work together to share knowledge and make informed decisions that can improve patient care, the physician experience, and the cost-effectiveness of the health care system.
- Opportunities and support for physicians who work at facilities and are members of the medical staff to develop a meaningful voice, and increase involvement in local activities that affect their work and patient care.
- Funding to support activities that involve physicians in decision-making, and
- Pay for physicians’ time in activities
- Hire expertise to support the physician activities (e.g. a coordinator for administrative support; an analyst to track issues, develop business cases and manage projects; a physician lead to support engagement activities).
FACILITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE OUTCOMES 2019/20 – 2022/23
In June 2019, the SSC FE Working Group agreed on the following outcomes to measure the success of the FE initiative over the next three years to ensure alignment with the MoU objectives.
Outcome 1: Improved engagement within and amongst MSAs
Outcome 2: Improved MSA and health authority engagement
Outcome 3: Enhanced MSA collective voice in health system planning & decision making
- FE expenditures must align with at least one of the following goals of the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding on Regional and Local Engagement: ·
- To improve communication and relationships among the medical staff
- To prioritize issues that significantly affect physicians and patient care. ·
- To support medical staff contributions to the development and achievement of health authority plans and initiatives that directly affect physicians. ·
- To have meaningful interactions between the medical staff and health authority leaders, including physicians in formal HA medical leadership roles.
- FE funds are primarily intended to compensate physicians for their time spent participating in internal meetings and meetings with health authority partners in relation to the FE initiative.
- FE supports the role that community-based partners in consulting and collaborating with MSAs and health authorities in improving physicians’ work environment and patient care in facilities.