Learn more about supporting Community-based Specialists
The SSC is engaging with community-based specialists without hospital or health authority privileges to understand your needs and better support you. A number of supports have been arranged to date.
Spoken Language Interpreting Services
Access on-demand interpretation services for patients in your community practice. Available at no cost to specialists and teams - 24/7 by telephone in about 240 languages
Get clinical decision support online with access to the latest evidence, best practices
View electronic health information for patient encounters, lab results, diagnostic imaging and clinical documents. Secure access is available 24/7 to community based specialists.
Get customized support, resources, information, and expert advice to navigate the current operational needs of your practice. Available from Doctors of BC.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
Order PPE and critical supplies for your community clinic at no cost. New three-month orders start June 1, 2023 at the Ministry of Health’s PPE Portal.
Zoom for Healthcare
Get a Zoom for Healthcare license to deliver virtual care. Currently available for no cost, existing licenses automatically renew until August 2024, or apply for a new license.
Background: Supporting Community-based Specialists
- 2019: At the Specialists Symposium in 2019, SSC collected feedback on how it can better support all specialists in their work. Supporting community-based specialists without affiliation with hospitals and health authorities was identified as a need, resulting in SSC making it a key priority moving forward.
- 2020: Early in 2020, the Doctors of BC board with endorsement by the Representative Assembly, acknowledged the unique concerns of community-based specialists, and the need for SSC to increase support for this group.
- 2021: To better understand the unique needs of community-based specialists without hospital privileges, SSC heard from about 30 community-based specialists representing 12 specialties from across the province. As part of five focus groups, these community-based specialists reflected on potential gaps and opportunities within SSC’s mandate and scope of work, and identified concrete and actionable priorities for SSC in these theme areas:
- Theme 1: CBS carry a tremendous “burden of business” significantly contributing to fatigue and burnout
- Theme 2: CBS do not feel sufficiently connected to colleagues
- Theme 3: Developing capabilities and training
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