Family Health Team
In 2007, in Delhi, located at 105 Main St we began to develop one of Ontario’s new Family Health Teams funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Our Family Health Team is an important part of the Ontario government’s plan to build an improved health care system.
FAMILY HEALTH TEAMS:
IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE
- “The first choice of Ontario’s family medical residents is now to practice in FHT’s.”
- FHTs have made it easier for rural and northern communities to recruit health professionals.
- FHTs have enrolled 555,000 patients who previously had no regular doctor. More than 2.6 million Ontarians –that’s one in five—are currently enrolled in Family Health Teams.
TRANSFORMATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF CARE
Ontario’s healthcare system has undergone significant transformation and improvement in key areas of
accessibility, integration, quality and accountability. Family Health Teams play an integral role in
enhancing primary care by organizing services around the the following principles:
- Enhancing patient access through reducing the number of unattached patients, increasing house calls and community outreach, offering timely appointments, etc.
- Load integration and collaboration with health care providers and community and local partners in person-centered planning, care coordination and program/service delivery.
- Improved quality through the implementation of improvement activities identified in Quality Improvement Plans and through the design and delivery of person-centred primary care services and programs.