Team-based care is the vision for the future of primary care in British Columbia.

Team-based models of primary healthcare are being developed and implemented across BC. Within these provincial efforts to establish and enhance team-based care (TBC), there is a critical need to support this transformation in BC with education, research, evaluation, and knowledge translation. While the provincial focus has become team-based care, there has been recognition that health professionals need to be supported to shift from (a) their siloed ways of delivering health services to (b) the optimal design for and functioning of highly effective healthcare teams—delivering seamless care that sustainably, equitably, and cost-effectively meets the needs of patients and communities. How do we get from (a) to (b)? 

Taking an appreciative, action-oriented approach, the new TBC @ UBC Network will build on previous work to occupy a bridging role in this TBC inquiry > evidence > action space. The network will engage health professionals, health leaders, academics, policymakers, funding agencies, patients, and communities throughout BC. It will enable these partners to discuss and learn from each other about the on-the-ground needs, opportunities, and challenges regarding TBC design, research/evidence, pedagogy, policy, and integration. The network aims to create a generative space that brings people, needs, and ideas into relationship—a process which begins by asking questions. 

Network Goals

  • Create a supportive, interdisciplinary collaborative that elevates primary healthcare research and education
  • Convene key partners and facilitate dialogue to identify operational issues and research and education priorities
  • Identify ways to support the development and implementation of team-based care models through research and education
  • Develop recommendations for education programs to better incorporate team-based care into curricula
  • Support and add value to provincial initiatives 

Potential Impact

In 2018, UBC Health conducted a province-wide needs assessment and environmental scan for the Ministry of Health around the support needs of existing and emerging primary healthcare teams. The report provided initial insights into the types of questions that remain unanswered, the types of operational issues that need to be addressed, and the types of supports needed to ensure successful implementation of team-based primary healthcare in BC, both in terms of service delivery and education. Since the report, UBC Health engaged a variety of partners through a TBC @ UBC collaborative and facilitated work around how UBC could contribute to the team-based primary care transformation within BC. The collaborative has evolved into the TBC @ UBC Network, which will leverage and build on TBC activities and research completed or underway. 

The TBC @ UBC Network will contribute to provincial efforts to advance team-based care by informing the development and growth of pedagogy and the generation of knowledge and evidence related to TBC. By facilitating meaningful interdisciplinary, province-wide collaboration, the TBC @ UBC Network will consider pressing questions related to:

  • Models of primary healthcare and promising practices
  • Tools and supports for team development and practice improvement
  • Innovative models of collaborative health education
  • Creating a conduit for research questions from the community to support evidence-based decision-making in the transition to team-based healthcare in BC

Join the Network

Supported by UBC Health, the TBC @ UBC Network aims to create meaningful partnerships among academia, government, health authorities, health professionals, and patients/community to support the integration of evidence into practice and facilitate the successful implementation of innovative models of primary healthcare and health education. The network will provide opportunities for engagement among people who are: 

  • Working ‘on the ground’ to affect health systems transformation and implement team-based models of care 
  • Developing and implementing the educational supports needed to ensure the success of such initiatives 
  • Engaged in research related to TBC and its influence on the broader social determinants of health, healthy communities, and community engagement

The network is co-facilitated by:

  • Christie Newton, Associate Professor and Associate Head, Education and Engagement, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • Lee Yeates, Clinical Associate Professor, Midwifery Program, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC and Co-Lead, Rural Obstetrics Network, Rural Coordination Centre of BC 

Join the TBC@UBC Network

Next Network Event

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:00-1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

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Partners and Resources

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