Due to the increasing breadth and complexity of ongoing BHMSPS projects, in 2018 the executive and working group agreed to move towards a sub-divisional structure.  Individual sub-divisions were created for the following domains:

Background: Doctors of BC and Facility Engagement Funding

The overarching intent of FE funding is to foster meaningful consultation and collaboration between MSAs and health authorities.  To strengthen the engagement between MSAs and health authorities, FE expenditures must align with at least one of the following Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) objectives:


  1. To improve communication and relationships among the medical staff so that their views are more effectively represented.

  2. To prioritize issues that significantly affect physicians and patient care.
  3. To support medical staff contributions to the development and achievement of health authority plans and initiatives that directly affect physicians.
  4. To have meaningful interactions between the medical staff and health authority leaders, including physicians in formal HA medical leadership roles.

Please click here for more information on the Memorandum of Understanding:
Facility Engagement MOU

Background: Burnaby Hospital MSA and Facility Engagement Funding

The primary resolve of the Burnaby Hospital Medical Staff Physician Society (BHMSPS) is to distribute FE funds to attain appropriately:

1. Our Vision

Engaged medical staff providing exceptional patient care

2. Our Mission

To inspire medical staff to connect, collaborate & advocate for excellence in patient care and medical staff wellness

3. Our Strategic Plan 

Strategic Goal #1: Connect: maintain a culture that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork amongst medical staff and with site and regional leadership

Strategic Goal #2: Collaborate: working together as a team to provide comprehensive, patient- centered care with best outcomes

Strategic Goal #3: Advocate: speaking up on behalf of medical staff and patients – for their rights, needs and well-being

Background: Fraser Health and Facility Engagement Funding

The Fraser Health Authority and Burnaby Hospital’s local administration values the Facility Engagement process. Implementing many initiatives is meaningful mutual engagement with local and regional health authority representatives.

The strategic goals of the FHA are as follows:

Goal 1: Ensure a Focus on Cross-sector Change Initiatives Requiring Strategic Repositioning

a) A primary care model that provides comprehensive and coordinated team-based cases linked to specialized services
b) Improved health outcomes and reduced hospitalizations for seniors through effective community services
c) Improved health outcomes and reduced hospitalizations for those with mental health and substance use issues through effective community services
d) Timely access to appropriate surgical procedures

Goal 2: Support the Health and Well-being of British Columbians Through the Delivery of High-quality Health Care Services

a) Effective health promotion and responsive services

Goal 3: Deliver an Innovative and Sustainable Public Healthcare System

a) Effective health sector resources and approaches to funding

MOU Funding Criteria and SSC Funding Guidelines

FE funds are primarily intended to compensate physicians for their time participating in internal meetings and meetings with health authority partners concerning the FE initiative. Secondary uses of the funds include covering infrastructure costs of the MSA/physician societies.

The MOU prohibits the use of funds for:

  • Advertising except for physician recruitment ads;
  • Compensation for clinical services;
  • Purchase of real estate and vehicles;
  • Purchase of clinical equipment;
  • Donations to charities or political parties; and
  • Meeting attendance that is required as part of maintaining privileges

The SSC has provided supplementary guidelines on the use of FE funds.

Please click here for more information:

SSC Funding Guidelines
SSC Funding Guidelines Summary Table

Purpose of the Kickstarter

Each sub-division is managed by a subcommittee that reports to the Working Group regularly.  The subcommittee supervises projects that have been assigned to their portfolio by the WG.

Have a Project Idea?

Each subcommittee has a budget assigned to cover governance and administration of activities.  Currently, if a subcommittee identifies a Kickstarter potential project idea, they are required to submit a formal application to the WG for approval.  If approved, the project is then sent back to the subcommittee for implementation and delivery of said objectives.

The Subcommittee Kickstart Program is a means for subcommittees to “kickstart” small projects that they feel meet the purpose and vision of their certain subcommittee without having to go to the WG initially.

Kickstart Program vs Project Proposal

It is intended to be used to get small projects going as “test” cases to assess how feasible and actionable the project may be on a larger scale.  Once a project is deemed worthy, a formal separate application for funding should then be made to WG.

What criteria will be used to evaluate my application?
The criteria used to evaluate both Kickstarter and Project Proposal are as follows:

     1. Alignment with MSA Strategic Priorities and Annual Work Plan

Connect: maintain a culture that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork amongst medical staff and with site and regional leadership
Collaborate: working together as a team to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care with best outcomes
Advocate: speaking up on behalf of medical staff and patients – for their rights, needs and well-being

       2.  Alignment with  FH / BH Priorities  

  • Dyad Partnership
    • Implement structured medical / operational leadership dyads in all sites and programs
  • Access & Flow
    • Emphasize a collaborative approach between medical staff and operations team to address:
      • Inpatient occupancy
      • ALC/Long Length of the Stay Processes
      • Local Seasonal Readiness & Action Plans
      • Oncology Clinic
      • COS
  • Health Human Resources
    • Partnership between medical staff and operations to optimize staff recruitment and retention
  • Indigenous Health & Cultural Safety Education & Awareness
    • More info to come
  • Quality Improvement
    • Building ties between physician QI projects and FH QI efforts with a focus on priority project such as HAUTI, Mobility, Complete 80% of all urgent surgeries within 28 days and 100% of surgeries within 52 weeks
  • Redevelopment
  • Upcoming year, plan and maintain access to care while ongoing renovation occurs to support facilities buildings

       3. Follows the MOU Funding Criteria from Doctors of BC SSC Funding Guidelines

Submitting Project/idea:
  • Present your project proposal at the upcoming working group meeting
  • Link to working group meeting calendar: here
  • Email your slides to contact@bhmsa.ca 

Approved Project/Activity:
  • Connect with your assigned MSA support staff for support 
  • Documentation of project/activity progress on quarterly basis
  • Encourage to present project outcomes at MSA Quarterly Meetings
  • Encourage to present projects on Doctors BC website, Newsletter and Conferences