qathet yiχmεt | Working together to take care of everyone

Who We Are

What is a Primary Care Network (PCN)?

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are teams of family physicians, nurse practitioners, and other publicly funded health care professionals like nurses, social workers, and pharmacists (see our team members here). These teams work together to provide comprehensive and culturally safe care to all residents of their community.

These teams also work alongside health authority, first nation, and community services to coordinate your care across all services.

What is our goal?

The goal of qPCN is to strengthen and support local clinics (also called Patient Medical Homes) so that everyone can access the care they need. When health care providers work closely as a team, patients and families receive clinic, community, and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority-based services in supportive, inclusive, and safe environments.

Meet the qathet / Powell River Team

Our team of dedicated family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and pharmacist collaborate with you and with each other to provide healthcare that meets your needs. If you have been referred to a PCN clinician by your physician or nurse practitioner, learn more about what they can help you with below.

Family Physicians (FPs) are doctors who have completed medical school and specialized training in Family Medicine and Primary Care. Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced nurses who have completed additional training in Primary Care and do many of the same things as an FP. Both have been trained to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. FPs and NPs will refer you to other PCN providers when appropriate.

By developing a long-term relationship, you and your provider work together to treat current health issues and screen for/prevent future health risks.

If you do not have a doctor or NP and live in qathet/Powell River, register with the Health Connect Registry.

Registered Nurses (RNs) work alongside FPs and NPs to help you work towards your health and treatment goals. Nurses also help your FP or NP with health assessments, patient education, treatment plans, and linking to other health resources.

You may be referred to a qPCN Registered Nurse for:

  • Screening assessments of your health needs.
  • Chronic disease management, including education.
  • Health education.
  • Some procedures and treatments (e.g. ear syringing, wound care, and immunizations or injections).
  • Cervical cancer screening.
  • Follow-up after an ER visit or hospital admission.
  • Advance care planning conversations.
  • Other as referred by FP or NP. 

Social workers partner with you and offer tools and strategies to help you handle tough situations and health issues, either individually or as a family. They can connect you with resources that can help with your health, financial, housing, and emotional wellbeing.

You may be referred to a qPCN Social Worker for:

  • Improving your social and emotional well-being.
  • Information and assistance with referrals to government and community resources.
  • Information and assistance with Advanced Care/End of Life Planning.
  • Short-term supportive counselling.
  • Connection to the most appropriate community resources.
  • Navigation through various forms and applications (i.e., income assistance, subsidized housing, food support).

qPCN Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists (PCCPs) work with FPs and NPs to provide medication management services for adults with complex illness. They help prevent and resolve medication issues like interactions of two or more drugs or side-effects. PCCPs also provide education on medications and tools to help you to take your medication regularly.

Eligibility Criteria

To access the PCN Care Team, patients must meet all of the below criteria:

  1. Be a patient of a FP or NP located in qathet, Tla’amin, or Powell River, who connects you to the PCN Care Team (i.e. not a walk-in physician).
  2. Have valid B.C. Medical Service Plan (MSP) coverage.
  3. Not have an active insurance claim related to the recommendation (ICBC, WorkSafe). Referrals will be accepted if the PCN service being referred is not related to the claim. Note: this criteria does not pertain to referrals to the PCN Clinical Pharmacist.

If you meet ALL criteria, talk to your FP/NP about being connected with any member of the primary care network care team. If you do not have a primary care provider, visit the qathet/Powell River Health Connect Registry to join the wait list for a qathet FP/NP.

What are we doing in the qathet area?

In qathet, we aim to adapt to new healthcare needs as they emerge. This means always listening to our partners and patients about what is working well and what can be improved.

qPCN is a partnership between the qathet Division of Family Practice, Vancouver Coastal Health, Tla’amin Health, and local community organizations and services.

For more information on PCNs in general, visit this page at the Family Practice Services Committee website.