Local Improvements from Patients First Act, 2016

The Patients First Act, 2016 is part of the government's ongoing work under the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care to create a more patient-centred health care system in Ontario. Patients First is based on four key objectives:

  • Access: Improve access – providing faster access to the right care.
  • Connect: Connect services – delivering better coordinated and integrated care in the community, closer to home.
  • Inform: Support people and patients – providing the education, information and transparency they need to make the right decisions about their health.
  • Protect: Protect our universal public health care system – making evidence based decisions on value and quality, to sustain the system for generations to come.

What does this mean in Champlain?

Key changes are well underway across our province. Here is information on a few of them locally:

Delivering Home and Community Care

In 2017, to implement the Patients First Act, 2016, all 14 of Ontario’s 14 LHINs became responsible for home and community care, in addition to the LHINs’ previous mandate to plan, integrate and fund hospitals, long-term care homes, community support and mental health and addiction services. The goal is to ensure that people in Ontario are getting better and more local care, with less administration.

Learn more about the Champlain LHIN’s work

Organizing by Sub-Regions: Focus on Local Health Care Needs

LHIN sub-regions are local planning areas that serve as the focal point for improved health system planning, performance improvement and service integration. They are the avenue for local improvement and innovation with the common objective of improving the patient experience.

Learn more about Champlain LHIN Sub-Regions

Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Committee

Patients, caregivers and families are essential partners in health care. The Champlain LHIN’s Patient Family Advisory Committee provides its collective voice to shape programs and services that improve health care for the people who live and work in Champlain.

Learn more about this Champlain LHIN Committee

Adding Sub-Region Clinical Leads

Sub-Region Clinical Leads help ensure clinical expertise is integrated into local planning and priority setting activities, alongside the voices of patients, caregivers and local health care partners. Clinical leaders can share the realities of clinical practice and provide advice on quality and safety and change management needs to develop improvement initiatives.

Learn more about the Champlain LHIN's Clinical Leads

Formalizing Our Relationship with Public Health

Formally connecting LHINs and local boards of health leverages their community expertise and ensures local public health units are involved in community health planning.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Champlain LHIN have a history of collaborating to improve the health of the population, drawing on each other’s strengths and areas of expertise. In fact, the Champlain LHIN’s vision, “Healthy people, healthy communities, supported by a quality, accessible health system”, aligns with the OPH vision, “All Ottawa’s communities and people are healthy, safe, and actively involved in their well-being."

On April 11, 2018, OPH and the Champlain LHIN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The intent of this first-ever formal agreement is to outline and strengthen our collaboration, as we continue to work together to improve health outcomes for residents of the City of Ottawa. For this initial year, the MoU outlines five areas of focus:

  • Creating a structure and processes for collaboration
  • Population health assessment and joint planning
  • Health equity
  • Learning from existing “projects” 
  • Early Opportunities for Action.
MOU with OPH
L to R: Jean-Pierre Boisclair (LHIN Board Chair), Chantale LeClerc
(LHIN CEO), Dr Vera Etches (OPH Acting Medical Officer of Health),
Councillor Shad Qadri (Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health)