The Specialist Services Committee (SSC) is a joint committee between Doctors of BC and the BC government, with regular representation from health authorities. SSC formed in 2006 under the Physician Master Agreement to help the Doctors of BC, BC government and health authorities collaborate on the delivery of specialist services and support improvement of the specialist care system in BC. www.sscbc.ca
The Ministry of Health, health authorities, SSC, and BC Patient Safety and Quality Council are currently exploring the development of a provincial approach to support the sustainability and spread of Enhanced Recovery. During this development period, the SSC has approved a short term Enhanced Recovery Bridge Fund of $221,000 to be used by March 31, 2017 to:
- Maintain the Enhanced Recovery infrastructures already in place;
- Support the launch of Enhanced Recovery in new sites; and
- Help keep momentum going while provincial conversations take place.
The Enhanced Recovery Fund is designed to boost or supplement a site’s current strategies, not address ongoing, operational needs.
In addition to the bridge fund, the SSC is maintaining a network of multi-disciplinary Enhanced Recovery advisors who are available to provide ad-hoc support and clinical, quality improvement, or implementation advice (appendix 1 lists current roster of advisors). The SSC is also maintaining the www.enhancedrecoverybc.ca website, which will continue to serve as a hub of BC Enhanced Recovery resources.
Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis, as long as funds are available. Applicant sites are encouraged to submit one application with all anticipated activity for the fiscal year 2016/17, as funding may not be available for later submissions.
Review and approval of applications will begin on May 23, 2016.
Details on the SSC Enhanced Recovery Bridge Fund can be found in the attached information sheet.
Questions? Contact Angie Chan, SSC, Project Manager, Surgical Improvement.