Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs) are primary health care organizations that provide comprehensive, accessible, person centred and co-ordinated primary care services to people of all ages and stages in over twenty communities across Ontario. NPLCs improve the quality of care through enhanced health promotion, disease prevention, primary mental health care and chronic disease management, as well as improve care coordination and navigation of the health care system. Engaging patients as full partners in their care plan is an important aspect of the underlying philosophy of NPLCs.
Nurse practitioners are the lead primary care providers of the clinic's inter-professional team of health care providers and support staff. Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat and monitor a wide range of health problems using an evidence based approach to their practice. In addition to nurse practitioners and collaborating physicians, other professionals on the clinic's team may include registered nurses, registered practical nurses, registered dietitians, registered social workers, health promoters, mental health workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and other health care providers.
Understanding Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
How do I become a patient at a nurse practitioner-led clinic?
Becoming a patient at a nurse practitioner-led clinic is voluntary. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed many programs to assist Ontarians in accessing primary health care. If you wish to become a patient at a nurse practitioner-led clinic, please contact one of the following :
- Health Care Connect or call 1-800-445-1822
- Health Care Options
- Service Ontario INFO line at 1-866-532-3161
If your local nurse practitioner-led clinic is open and accepting patients you may contact them directly. You do not need to be referred to a nurse practitioner-led clinic by a health care provider.
What types of services are provided by at a nurse practitioner-led clinic?
Nurse practitioner-led clinics deliver :
- Comprehensive primary care to patients in the community ensuring continuity of care;
- Holistic care that addresses all needs of each patient;
- Enhanced health promotion;
- Chronic Disease and illness management and prevention;
- Care coordination and navigation of the health care system; and
- Integrated care within the community through established partnerships.