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Family Care Teams are an innovative approach to reimagine and redesign the health system in Newfoundland and Labrador. Family Care Teams aim to improve access and continuity of primary health care for individuals and families in their community. They represent a significant shift from solo-based community practice and program-based models of service delivery to an interdisciplinary team-based model. Family Care Teams offer seamless access to multiple health care professionals that focus on meeting the health and social needs of individuals and families.

Family Care Teams: A Health Policy Framework for NL

What Services are included in a Family Care Team?

Family Care Teams include:

  • Family Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical and Social Navigators
  • Nurses (Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses)
  • Manager and Clinical Director (physician)
  • Practice Improvement Leaders/Practice Facilitation Coaches
  • Administrative/Clerical Support

Based on needs and available resources, Family Care Teams will also have the following providers:

  • Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology)
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Community Health Nurses
  • Others including Learners

A Family Care Team will have clear pathways to connect and/or integrate with:

  • Community-based practices (physicians, allied health, pharmacists, etc.)
  • Community para-medicine
  • 23 Health Centres
  • Indigenous Governments and Organizations

A Family Care Team will have linkages to:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Social and Health Networks
  • Schools, municipalities, community organizations/groups
  • Provincial Health Authority programs
Attributes of a Family Care Team