Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
In 2007 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the Ministry) announced the creation of 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics. The Clinics are targeted to be fully operational by the end of 2012. To date, the 25 NPLCs are in various stages of development in the following twenty-four communities: Barrie, Belle River Township of Lakeshore, Belleville, Capreol, Essex, French River, Huntsville, Ingersoll, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oro Station, Oshawa, Peterborough, Sarnia, Sault Ste Marie, Scarborough, South Glengarry, Smith Falls, Sutton, Thessalon, Thunder Bay and Toronto.
Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics are a new primary health care delivery model in which Nurse Practitioners are the lead providers of primary health care. Through a collaborative practice approach which includes Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, collaborating family physicians, and other health care professionals, nurse practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services to populations who do not have access to a primary care provider (i.e. unattached patients). Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics improve the quality of care through enhanced health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management, as well as improve care co-ordination and navigation of the health care system at the local level.
Q&A : Understanding Nurse Practitioner-Led Cinics
How do I become a patient at a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic?
Becoming a patient at a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is completely voluntary. The Ministry has developed many programs in which to assist Ontarians in accessing primary health care models. If you wish to become a patient within one of the announced Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, please contact one of the following :
- Health Care Connect line - 1-800-445-1822; website Ontario.ca/healthcareconnect
- Your Health Care Options website Ontario.ca/healthcareoptions
- Service Ontario INFO line - 1-866-532-3161
Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics will advertise when they are ready to accept patients. 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 a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners provide comprehensive, accessible, and coordinated family health care services through Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to populations who have difficulty accessing a primary care provider (i.e. unattached patients). 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.
How do I apply for a position at one of the announced Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics?
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care does not advertise employment opportunities for the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics. If you are an Inter-professional Health Provider, or a Nurse Practitioner wishing to seek employment at one of the announced clinics, the Ministry advises you to visit your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) webpage for postings, and clinic information.
I am a vendor seeking an opportunity of providing services to a clinic on a contractual basis. How do I pursue this opportunity?
If you are a vendor seeking an opportunity to provide services to the announced Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, the Ministry advises your group to visit your Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) webpage for clinic information. The announced Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics will be seeking opportunities from potential vendors within the proposed community.
Call for Applications - Wave 1
The Ministry awarded three Wave 1 Clinics in February 2009. Sault Ste. Marie, Belle River Township of Lakeshore, and Thunder Bay were selected as the three new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic communities.
Call for Applications - Wave 2
The Ministry awarded eight Wave 2 Clinics in November 2009. Barrie, Belleville, Essex, French River, Glengarry, Oro Station, Oshawa, and Thunder Bay were selected as the eight new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic communities.
Call for Applications - Wave 3
The Minstry awarded fourteen Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics as part of the Wave 3 Call for Applications issued in May 2010. Thank you for your interest and congratulations to the successful applicants: Capreol (LHIN 13 - North East), Huntsville (LHIN 12 - North Simcoe Muskoka), Ingersoll (LHIN 2 - South West), Kitchener (LHIN 3 - Waterloo Wellington), London (LHIN 2 - South West), Niagara Falls South (LHIN 4 - Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant), North Bay (LHIN 13 - North East), Peterborough (LHIN 9 - Central East), Sarnia (LHIN 1 - Erie St. Clair), Scarborough (LHIN 9 - Central East), Smith Falls (LHIN 10 - South East), Sutton (LHIN 8 - Central), Thessalon (LHIN 13 - North East) and Toronto (LHIN 8 - Central).