Interprofessional collaboration is demonstrated by the direct collaboration between maternity care providers at the point of primary care delivery that is built on mutual respect, trust, and flexible competency-based definitions of provider roles and responsibilities. Interprofessional collaborative practice has been widely promoted as an effective and efficient way to improve the quality and sustainability of primary maternity care. Research has shown effective interprofessional collaboration increases access to care, improves quality of care, and enhances care provider satisfaction and retention.
Perinatal Services BC has identified a number of key success factors and necessary enablers that would support the development and sustainability of interprofessional primary maternity care collaborations across British Columbia. PSBC is working with stakeholders to guide and cultivate new and existing primary maternity care collaborations by bringing together stakeholders and providers across the province to enable the sharing of knowledge, successes, and resources as well the provision of peer support, across, and between providers and practice groups.
On May 26-27th, 2017 Perinatal Services BC and Shared Care BC hosted an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Development Workshop attended by 75 GPs, Obstetricians and Registered Midwives. This one-and-a-half day workshop provided an interactive setting for shared dialogue and learning about interprofessional collaborative primary maternity care in BC.
approach and make improvements to maternity care locally.
Ongoing work from this initiative includes the development of a Maternity Community of Practice and the development of a comprehensive interprofessional collaboration toolkit with Shared Care BC