1. Person-Centred, High-Quality, Safe and Sustainable Health and Wellness for Nova Scotians

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Working with Patients, Clients, Families and Communities

Building and strengthening primary health care

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A key step to achieving NSHA's vision of healthy people, healthy communities – for generations, is for Nova Scotians to have access to a health home. A health home is an interprofessional collaborative family practice team working to provide co-ordinated and comprehensive care to meet the health needs of individuals and their families, from birth to end of life. We are working to build new and strengthen existing collaborative family practice teams in Nova Scotia.

In October 2016, we issued an expression of interest for family practice teams who want to work with a nurse practitioner or family practice nurse. Recruitment for 23 full-time and part-time nurse practitioners and family practice nurses took place over the winter months. Nurse practitioners in Digby, Shelburne and Westville, along with a family practice nurse in Cheticamp, all started work by March 31 of this year. Finalizing the recruitment of the remaining positions was well underway by this time.

On Nov. 1, 2016, our primary health care team began working with the Department of Health and Wellness to provide one provincial point of contact for people without a family practice (a family doctor or nurse practitioner as their primary care provider). Nova Scotians can be added to this registry through 811, Nova Scotia’s telecare service, or online at www.needafamilypractice.ca.

As part of this new process, those who had placed their name on a local health authority lists before Nov. 1, 2016 were automatically moved over to the new registry. As of March 31, 2017, there were 27,757 names on the provincial Need A Family Practice list.