RCCbc engages directly with health care practitioners, rural communities, health authorities and policymakers
We hear the same question every time we introduce ourselves: “RCCbc? Never heard of you. What do you do?”
In the broadest sense, RCCbc coordinates existing rural health resources, information and services. We identify overlaps and gaps in health care provision throughout the province and develop new initiatives where needed to support collaboration, recruitment and retention.
RCCbc works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC). We link front line practitioners to the JSC, bringing their needs to the attention of policy makers. And we link the JSC to practitioners, conveying information about available resources, rural programs and policies.
Coordinating rural health education in BC. Through the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), we fund training opportunities for physicians interested in entering rural medicine. REAP provides a travel subsidy and stipend for all Year 3 medical student rural clerkships. It also supports physicians entering their first year of rural medical practice in select Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) communities. REAP funds rural doctors in acquiring advanced skills and training to better serve their communities and it supports urban practitioners transitioning into rural practice.
Additionally, RCCbc links rural preceptors with the UBC Faculty of Medicine through annual visits to rural teaching sites. We also help rural practitioners access rurally-relevant CPD and CME, through our partnerships with UBC Continuing Professional Development (CPD), the College of Health Disciplines and the health authorities.
Advocating for rural health. RCCbc works to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of health care professionals entering rural practice. We do so by collaborating with established agencies to recruit and retain qualified rural health care workers – both recent graduates from university and established professionals from other jurisdictions. RCCbc also helps remote communities explore the use of interprofessional care teams in areas where a full-time physician is not available.
RCCbc facilitates telehealth technologies to improve service delivery in smaller communities, and to reduce physician isolation. And, we help vulnerable rural health care facilities find ways to keep their emergency rooms open in the face of staffing shortages and/or significant patient population changes.
Interprofessional, in-community training. We offer The CARE (Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies) Course, a two-day interprofessional acute care skills program that builds team communications as well as skills. The CARE Course is hosted in a community’s local ER, using local equipment and relevant local scenarios as part of the training.
RCCbc has also funded the development of The Shock Course, a one-day interprofessional skills program that teaches physicians, nurses and paramedics how to manage the haemodynamically unstable patient. This course can be delivered in-community – click here to learn how you can bring The Shock Course to your community.
Facilitating relationships. RCCbc believes that an integrated approach to health care service provision is the best approach, which is why we focus on facilitating connections and collaborations – between rural health care teams, between communities, between health authorities and between key organizations, like the Ministry of Health, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and the BCMA.
“What does RCCbc do?” We do a lot. This list represents only a portion of what we do for rural physicians, health care professionals, and communities.
RCCbc seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in BC. It works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), an entity that includes representation from the BC Medical Association (BCMA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the health authorities. The JSC advises the BC Government and the BCMA on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.