- Rural Maternity Pathways Development: Creation of community-specific mapping of low-risk and high-risk maternity services, supports, and resources for use by providers and the families they serve. This work will be done in collaboration with existing provincial resources (Perinatal Services BC (PSBC), Pathways, FETCH, RACE) and local experts through Facilities Engagement/Medical Staff Associations (FE/MSA), Divisions of Family Practice, Primary Care Networks (PCN), and Health Authority Perinatal Networks and community groups to create sustainable documentation at the local level.
- Specialist/FP-OSS Network Development and Engagement: This initiative will address the unique challenges that rural specialists face networking and accessing peer support and appropriate CPD programs. ROAM-SP proposes two events to meaningfully engage rural maternity specialists in the creation of a support and educational program that truly meets their needs:
- Rural Maternal and Child Specialist Engagement Event: a day-long workshop to foster the development of a peer support network amongst rural specialist physicians (obstetricians/gynecologists, pediatricians and anesthesiologists) and identify initiatives that would support and sustain specialists within rural communities.
- FP-OSS Obstetrical Surgical Skills Support and Engagement Event: a day-long workshop to identify the unique learning needs of rural providers with this essential skill set, build FP/GP-OSS relevant CPD programming, and build a robust community of practice for rural FP/GP-OSS providers.
- Community-Driven Network Development Initiatives: are intended to foster team collaboration, enhance team function, and improve rural maternity program sustainability in order to better meet the needs of the patient community. ROAM-SP will provide the resources and support necessary to build upon and cross-connect existing initiatives to better support sustainable maternity care and/or to create new community-directed projects. Communities will create a supported, needs-based collaborative process to determine how the funding will be distributed. The program proposes the following options:
- Interdisciplinary Care Planning and Case Review Meetings: A formative, appreciative review of complex maternity cases, pathways, and practice in a community. Providers will be able to identify team strengths, areas for team and system improvements, and create team-based plans for complex care. Meeting will involve those who are (or could be) part of the provision of care to patients and may include: FPs, Midwifes, Specialists, RNs, mental health counsellors, social workers, traditional healers, hospital administrators, etc.
- Maternity Team Learning Plans: a collaboratively created approach to increasing the competencies of the broader maternity care team to address co-identified learning needs. Learning plans are encouraged to be broad in scope and to span beyond the traditional clinical areas, covering areas such as team communication, sustainable business models, and the social determinants of health.