Is your team passionate about making a change together and needing support to make it truly happen?
Is your team expanding across disciplines and wanting to optimize its integration and effectiveness?
Is your team ready and wanting to move from burnout and disengagement into connection, clarity, and collective action?
If this sounds like your team, consider applying to participate in the Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC (QTC4RBC) program in 2022.
Through a workshop as well as ongoing team and leadership coaching, QTC4RBC is designed to empower teams with tools, supports, and time to regroup and reconnect with their purpose, while taking action to build the team culture they want to have and advancing towards the goals they wish to achieve. When health care teams are able to rekindle joy and meaning in their work, they are more able to create a positive work environment, optimize their team’s performance, and increase the quality and safety of care for patients.
What QTC4RBC provides:
- A one day in-person coaching workshop in your community with an International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified coach to lay the foundation for coaching towards highly effective teams. Coaches currently working with QTC4RBC are Dr. Rahul Gupta and Dr. Cecile Andreas. Elements addressed will include: supportive communications, psychological safety, self/situational awareness, shared leadership, shared mental models, fostering a learning culture, and more;
- Up to four 1.5 hour virtual team coaching sessions in the months following the workshop. Team coaching sessions are an opportunity for your team to clarify through a team coaching process what they want to accomplish together and how they will do it;
- Up to three leadership coaching sessions in between team coaching sessions. Recognizing the role of leadership in fostering and sustaining change, the program offers coaching for team leadership;
If applicable, to assist with moving forward, QTC4RBC may also facilitate connections with other resources, funding, training or coaching opportunities that the team identifies would support them to meet their goals.
Rural health care teams who want to work with a coach to get clear about their team vision and how they can move towards it.
A team is a group of people who work together towards a common purpose, who depend on one another to fulfill the functions and responsibilities of the team, who demonstrate mutual support and are mutually accountable for reaching team goals. QTC4RBC accepts applications from teams of up to 12 individuals.
We welcome a variety of types of teams to submit their application. See below for examples of teams and what they might be interested in working on through this program.
To be eligible, applications must meet the following criteria:
- While any rural health care team is welcome to apply, expressions of interest from teams in RSA A or B communities will be prioritized.
- Teams must be interprofessional and at least 20% of the team must consist of physicians (for teams under eight members there must be at least one physician).
- Attendance and active participation for the duration of the program is required from one clinical leader and one operational leader, each with decision making power and resources to enact change and support the team.
- Up to 12 team members can participate.
- The application must demonstrate that the team members who would be participating in the program have been engaged and are committed to participating.
- Team members must be available to participate in a one day in-person workshop in fall 2022 (between Sept-Nov) and up to four virtual coaching sessions that would be scheduled with your team between October 2022 and March 2023.
In alignment with program commitments to equity and supporting underserved populations, priority may be given to:
- Applications from teams that include members who are recent graduates or new-to-practice in rural BC
- Applications from teams that include members from one or more First Nations community health care team(s) or service areas with significant First Nations populations
- Applications from teams that include a solo practice specialist
- Applications from teams with new allied health care providers into the model of care
HOW & WHEN:
Expression of Interest
To indicate your team’s interest in the Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC Program, please send the following documents to Tracey Deleeuw at Tdeleeuw@rccbc.ca.
- Expression of Interest form
- Letter of support and attendance confirmation from a clinical leader with decision making power and resources to enact change and support the team
- Letter of support and attendance confirmation from an operational leader with decision making power and resources to enact change and support the team
A letter of support template is available for download here.
Interested teams are highly encouraged to reach out for support in completing their Expression of Interest form.
Teams interested in the QTC4RBC program can also attend one of our informative webinars. The webinars will take place over Zoom. Invitations will be sent to those who register. Two webinar dates are available:
- July 20 from 5:00pm to 5:45pm PT
- July 27 from 12:00pm to 12:45pm PT
The deadline to submit an expression of interest is August 12, 2022.
If the expression of interest is successful, the team leads will be invited to participate in a discovery conversation with the QTC4RBC team in August/September 2022. The purpose of this step will be to discuss the program, the team, the team’s goals and intentions in applying to QTC4RBC and to determine if the program is the right fit. Note that a successful EOI does not necessarily mean a successful application.
- Rural Physician CME & Locum supports
- Information Sheet on QTC4RBC
- Read a story about a team that participated in QTC4RBC last year: Duncan ER Team Puts Teamwork at Heart of their Care
Examples of Teams
We welcome diverse teams to submit their application. Below are just a few examples of potential teams and what they might be interested in working on through this program:
- An interprofessional team of physicians and staff who are interested in enhancing their teamwork and running a quality improvement project at their health site.
- A team of midwives, GPs, nurses and an obstetrician wanting to increase integration around maternity care, including antenatal care, intrapartum care, and in the operating room for emergent operative delivery.
- A small community of 5 physicians with various training backgrounds and frequent agency nurses. The ER is in transition to new model and the nurses and physicians are wanting to develop a high functioning ER team in a highly demanding environment.
- A remote community with 2 physicians sharing 1 FTE (APP) in a diagnostic and treatment centre with 2 nurses, visiting allied health providers, MOAs, and a regular recurring locum. They are already doing interprofessional team rounds and want to take on a larger quality improvement project.
- A team of physicians, a psychiatrist, mental health counsellors, and home detox nurses wanting to start an opioid agonist therapy clinic in their community.
Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC is a program of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and funded by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. For more information about the Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC Program, please contact Tracey Deleeuw at Tdeleeuw@rccbc.ca.