What began as a conversation between health care professionals and patients to discuss the challenges facing Grey Bruce health care has given birth to a new creation.
It’s just what the doctor ordered, a regional health care recruitment and retention strategy for all of Grey Bruce.
In order to increase local recruitment efforts, Spokesperson Stephanie Dudgeon says it is time to work as a team in a much broader regional sense.
As such a regional Grey Bruce Medical Recruitment and Retention Taskforce has been created made up of representatives from health care agencies across the region.
This Taskforce will share marketing and recruitment strategies as well as networking opportunities in an effort to promote local health care facilities to possible medical recruits.
Dudgeon says this means if one hospital in a region interviews a doctor who decides the community is not a good fit, that Hospital will refer that doctor to another health care facility within the region that may have a need for his or her services.
Dudgeon says hospitals and health care facilities should not be recruiting in isolation, saying a joint regional effort is the bestapproach.
She notes when one community recruits a new doctor, nurse practionioner, physio therapist or psychiatrist it is to the benefit of the entire region.
The taskforce will receive guidance and assistance from Health Force Ontario.
Dudgeon says the taskforce is just in the initial stages, but she is quite excited about the possibilities.
Dudgeon says we have to think big in order to be successful, which is why she says a regional recruitment approach makes such great sense.