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Important Updates – Week of July 19

Welcome to Vancouver Division’s Updates and News – access a reliable source of relevant, and timely information on areas of health care important to you.  We continue to curate and share updates associated with COVID-19, and that which supports your health & wellness, patient care, managing your practice, and your work within the primary care system in Vancouver.

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COVID-19 News

Provincial COVID-19 Data Dashboard

NEW Clinical Guidance
Post-COVID-19 Care – Support patients who were infected with COVID-19 and who experience lingering symptoms to manage their condition over time.
* On the patient’s discharge from hospital they should get a cover summary of COVID-19-specific items.
* Mental health screening and support is an important part of managing recovery. (PHQ9 and GAD 7, PTSD screen if in ICU)
* Pathways has a flowchart and link to the referral form and information sheets.
* PHSA website has a good list of resources. Under the quick link tab “Post COVID Care and Recovery” is a list of patient resources for various symptoms, offered in many languages.

Post-COVID-19 Recovery Clinics (PCRC) – Designed to see patients at or following 12 weeks post-symptom onset and are not meant to address acute concerns. In order to better support self management, the PCRC will be hosting education groups, available for all patients to participate in before being seen at the PCRC.- PHSA

Supplies Ordering Available from BCCDC – Clinics can order swabs and other necessities for flu and COVID-19 from the BCCDC website.

Outpatient Guidance for Primary Care – Management of adult outpatients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 – BCCDC

COVID-19 Interim Guidance – Public Health Management of cases and contacts in the community. – BCCDC

Visitor Guidance – Long-Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living – BCCDC

Social visiting guidelines – for long term care and assisted living facilities – BCCDC

NEW Government Updates
BC is Now in Phase 3 of the Provincial Government’s Restart Plan.
* Doctors’ offices and other medical settings must continue to require staff and patients to wear medical masks as set out in the existing mask mandate.
* Doctors should continue to see patients in-person as clinically required under the conditions set up in their safety plan.
* Doctors should ensure patients are following infection control procedures.
* Vaccination status does not change these requirements.
Find more information here. – Doctors of BC

Vaccine Updates
Vancouver Drop-In Vaccination Clinics – First doses prioritized – VCH

COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Use in Canada – BCCDC

UPDATED Immunization Manual – Information was revised on May 31, 2021 to reflect updates including: Changes in intervals between doses 1 and 2. Updated pages are shared below:
COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine
Part 5: Adverse Events Following Immunization

Division Update

CBT Skills Group Program – Now Offering Booster Groups!
In addition to our CBT Skills Basics group, we are offering Booster groups that allow participants to delve deeper into a specific area of CBT. These 4-week groups are open to participants who have attended at least 6/8 sessions in a CBT Skills Basics group. We now offer:

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
This 8-week course teaches mindfulness-based cognitive therapy skills for managing anxiety and depression.

CBT Skills For Insomnia
The goal of this course is to help participants acquire a better understanding of sleep, insomnia, and the obstacles which can interfere with restorative sleep. We will discuss ways in which participants can manage these difficulties so that they can enjoy a good night’s rest.

We also offer:
Cognitive Distortions, Including Core Beliefs
Self-Compassion: Yes, It’s Hard But It’s Worth It
Avoiding Avoidance: Procrastination/Perfectionism and Plain Old Avoidance
Values: How To Use In Daily Living
An Introduction to Mindfulness

You can find our referral on Wolf, MOIS, MedAccess, and Oscar. Until we can accommodate your clinic’s EMR, please fax the referral form to 778-265-0298. If you have any questions, please email us at info@cbtskills.ca.

Vancouver Division’s Annual General Meeting: This year’s AGM will be taking place virtually on Thursday October 21, 2021, at 6:00pm. Mark your calendars and register now! We are also preparing our timelines for Board nominations this year, which will open from Aug. 16 to Sep. 6. We invite all interested members to submit questions about the process or the roles and responsibilities of being a Board member, which we will compile in a FAQ.

Are you looking for permanent or locum opportunities? 
The recruitment and retention team has relationships with over 100 clinics in Vancouver that we connect with monthly for updated locum and permanent physician needs. This keeps us aware of the most current positions available to help find the best opportunities for physicians looking for work. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at recruitment@vancouverdivision.com

Vancouver Division Board of Directors Nominations Process
Vancouver Division is preparing our timelines for Board nominations this year, which will open from Aug. 16 to Sep. 6. Actively Practicing FPs and Resident Members are eligible to run and vote. We invite all interested members to submit questions about the process or the roles and responsibilities of being a Board member. Your questions will help us develop a FAQ and identify ways to support members who are considering this opportunity.

Apply to Serve on a Division Committee
The Vancouver Division’s Frail Elder Care Committee is seeking new committee members. Do you share a love of elder care and see a vision for coordinated community-based care? Do you want to have a hand in improving the system and provision of care for seniors? Do you have a community-based practice caring for the elderly across some of the following care settings; in-clinic, home-bound, assisted living, and independent living? If yes, you are strongly encouraged to apply; your insight and leadership is needed, please click here to access the application form. Committee members are paid the current sessional rate for the time they spend at committee meetings and in doing the work of the Division. Time commitment:  approximately 20-25 hours per year. The deadline for applications is Sunday, August 1, 2021! Feel free to contact jashton@vancouverdivision.com with any questions you may have.

Partner Update

Clinical Resources
Gender-Affirming Primary Care CME Course – UBC cpd

* Family doctors who completed panel management are eligible for a $1,000 GPSC payment if they enroll in the HDC Discover tool and complete the orientation. – GPSC

* Link to CareConnect, a province-wide electronic health record (EHR) offering health care providers one-stop to access key patient information.

* Home Sleep Apnea Testing – new provincial standard HSAT requisition form available from Pathways or MOH 

Community Updates
* A new divisions and MSAs map on the Divisions of Family Practice website shows all 35 divisions and 73 medical staff associations (MSAs) across the province. – DoBC

Engagement Opportunities
* Gender Equity in BC Medicine – Share your thoughts. – DoBC

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