Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan
The province has announced cornerstone projects to support the implementation of the Clinical and Preventive Services Plan.
What is the Clinical and Preventive Services Plan?
Front-line providers and clinical experts from across our province are working on the development of Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventive Services Plan, a made-in-Manitoba plan to deliver better health outcomes, shorter wait times and improved national rankings.
Updated annually, this rolling five year plan is a core responsibility of Shared Health and is at the centre of Manitoba’s health system transformation.
Led by Shared Health, the planning process included clinical leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds and with experience working in many different health care settings throughout the province. These experts brought their diverse experience and perspectives to the planning process, gathering information and analyzing data compiled on the services, delivery and models of care used across the province as well as leading practices from other jurisdictions.
Planning is aligned with principles that will support better patient care, fiscal affordability and sustainability of the quality of care offered now and in the future, as well as streamlined pathways and clear provider roles and responsibilities, equity of patient access and improved integration.
Why is a provincial plan required?
Manitoba’s population of 1.3 million is geographically dispersed, with varied levels of population growth, an overall aging population and pockets of younger Manitobans particularly among the province’s Indigenous communities and in the north.
Social determinants of health such as income, education and employment rates impact health outcomes and services planned and delivered via five regional health authorities (RHAs) each with varied disease prevalence and health status.
A quarter of Manitoba’s population lives outside the province’s urban centres yet a significant percentage of Manitoba’s health-care providers work in urban settings while nearly all specialists are located in Winnipeg.
Against this backdrop of dispersed population and diverse need, Manitoba health-care providers deliver care that is often challenged in terms of consistency and availability despite significant increases in what Manitobans invest in the health care system.
Our staff and providers are committed to the patients they serve. Yet in many areas of our health system, wait times and outcomes lag behind those of our counterparts in other Canadian jurisdictions in large part because our system was built for the health needs of the population more than 50 years ago.
While our daily work has adjusted to meet the needs of our patients, we know that those patients and the dedicated staff and providers who care for them regularly encounter barriers that make access to – and delivery of – excellent patient care more difficult.
How will a provincial plan improve outcomes?
Jurisdictions across Canada and around the globe have achieved improvements in areas like access to services, coordination amongst providers and the overall efficiency and sustainability of the delivery of care, by taking a system-based approach to planning, focusing on enhanced community services and primary care while clearly identifying the pathways and coordination required between providers in the community and those delivering more specialized or acute care.
In these jurisdictions, changes have often enabled improvements to be made while supporting increased demands associated with increased or aging populations, incidence of chronic disease and advancements in technology.
Shared Health is responsible for the creation of a provincial clinical and preventive services plan that will guide improvements to access, coordination and integration of health services in Manitoba. The plan will be updated annually and will identify improved, innovative ways of delivering care, clear provider roles and responsibilities and easy to understand pathways for patients to ensure they are able to access appropriate care as close to home as possible, with the certainty that specialized resources are available to them if they are required.