The province is moving towards Ontario Health Teams for all Ontarians. Communities that haven’t progressed to the submission phase and those not accepted after this application will all continue to work towards becoming and OHT in future years.
No. We do not anticipate any changes to patient and primary care physician relationship.
Yes. In the OHT model there is shared clinical and fiscal accountability such that collective resources (including leadership, front-line providers, funding etc.) will be collaboratively directed to improve the health of the population of our community. Guelph healthcare organizations have a strong history of working well together.
We have not yet heard specific details from the Ministry on funding.
31 OHTs were invited to prepare full submissions from the approximately 150 that expressed interest. Based on the October 9th submissions the government identified 24 OHTs to move forward at this time Eventually, all patients and all providers in Ontario will become part of an Ontario Health Team and will be supported to move towards that based on their readiness (as assessed by the Ministry).
An announcement on Nov. 29 by the Minister of Health, Christine Elliot, said our submission was accepted.
Patients are assigned to an Ontario Health Team based on how and where they use health care services rather than “where they live”.
Each OHT will develop and deliver care to best meet the needs of their specific population. OHTs are expected to ensure seamless, coordinated care for their patients regardless of where or from whom they receive care. So as OHTs develop, processes to support consistency and coordination between OHT will be a priority.
97% percent of Guelph Wellington residents have a family doctor. And 100% of primary care doctors in the Guelph Wellington OHT have signed on to participate in this model of care delivery. The small percentage of patients who are not rostered with a primary care physician will have their primary care needs, including care coordination, met by the integrated primary care teams. Every effort will be made to roster patients and for those who, for a range of reasons, are not able to be rostered, Integrated Primary Care Teams (IPCT) services will still be available.
Currently, the Guelph Wellington OHT has a dedicated web site. Under “Contact” it currently offers firstname.lastname@example.org as well as feedback forms for both the general public and healthcare partners. Alternatively, idea, stories, questions and feedback can be directed to Emmi Perkins, Director of Transformation of the Guelph Wellington OHT (email@example.com).
Another way that partners and residents can contribute to the Guelph Wellington OHT will be through:
– a “Patient & Family Advisory Council” that will be developed to support regular updates to and feedback from users of our system.
– other patient advisory roles to be determined and designed as the OHT develops.
The leadership and organizations structure of the Guelph Wellington OHT will be decided through consultation with our partners in year 1 and will be informed by a joint strategic planning process.
There is not expected to be any additional money to support the development of the OHTs. We do expect that working together differently will allow us to deliver care in a more streamlined and efficient manner.
Home and community care
Mental Health and Addictions
Click here to read more about how care for these populations will be transformed.
In alignment with our accountability to ensure the health of our population, The Guelph Wellington OHT will work with all providers and agencies to ensure the comprehensive health and social needs of our patients needs are met. The Guelph Wellington OHT has different levels of partnership and will work with different partners in different ways over time as the OHT evolves and matures. More information about our current members and plan to collaborate and work with other can be found here.