Updated: Interdepartmental Funding

South Island MSA is pleased to announce a pilot project to support  conversations between interdepartmental teams to improve care of shared patients, define best practices, revisit protocols, streamline workflows, or create efficiencies.  The purpose of the funding is to help make new and stronger connections among the medical staff community.   We have budgeted a maximum of $70,000 for this initiative.

What could this look like?

  • Two departments who work closely together have noticed challenges due to recent protocol changes.  They meet to discuss how to better adapt their shared work to the mandate.
  • A particular patient brings together physicians from 5 different divisions, exposing challenges in providing coordinated care to this patient.  They meet to determine how to better streamline their teams’ workflows next time.
  • A division anticipates needing to work more closely with another because of a new procedure.  Representatives from each team meet to determine what that could look like.

How do we make this happen?

Step 1:  Think about a team who you want to be able to work more collaboratively with, or about a problem that needs to be solved that requires more than just your department.  Discuss within both teams who should be at the table for these discussions.

Step 2:  Contact us to see if your proposed meeting fits what we’re able to fund.  While a formal proposal isn’t required, knowing the number of people involved and the goals of the conversation will help us ensure we meet the FE guidelines (we cannot fund gatherings that are primarily social).

Step 3:  If your meeting is accepted, we will work with you to ensure a productive meeting.  Options include using our Discussion Guide or having one of our Project Managers support your conversation.  Please note that we cannot fund external facilitators. 

Step 4:  Once you’ve completed a short evaluation of the meeting, we will submit the paperwork for 1 hour sessional for participants, and up to $50 per person for meals (excluding alcohol).

Step 5:  We’ll share a brief summary of the meeting on our website, to inspire other teams and to ensure transparency.

Questions?  We’re here to help.

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