Joint Collaborative Committees

Our Story

How We Started 

Fifteen years ago, Doctors of BC and the BC government committed to a unique partnership to improve BC’s health care system together. 

Four Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs)— General Practice Services (GPSC), Specialist Services (SSC), Shared Care (SCC) and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC)— were created to support this shared goal, with funds allocated to the committees from the Physician Master Agreement (PMA) — an agreement negotiated between Doctors of BC and the BC government. 

Collaborating for Health

This approach, a first of its kind in Canada, brings together doctors, government, health authorities, patients, families, and other stakeholders to work collaboratively for system change. All work is grounded on the principles of quality improvement (QI) methodologies of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and framed around the Triple Aim.

Distinct but Aligned

Although each of the JCCs has its own distinct mandate, the committees work to align and integrate efforts to improve care regionally and provincially. They also support physicians in developing leadership skills so they can get involved to make a difference.

How Far We’ve Come

Fifteen years later, this unique partnership continues to allow physicians to act as advocates for the best possible care for their patients, and offers them the opportunity to affect real change in the system in which they work.  


Principles for the JCCs

It is critical that when making decisions, all of the JCCs are aligned in terms of their larger purpose.

When making decisions, the committees must understand the needs of patients, government and health
authorities, the medical profession and key stakeholders, including other science-based, evidence informed
health professionals. All work is grounded on the principles of quality improvement (QI) methodologies of the
Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and framed around the Triple Aim. For more information on the principles of the JCCs, click here.

The principles supporting the Triple Aim are:

Improve population health

  • Improve patient outcomes by improving the quality of health services.
  • Create longitudinal, team-based care that is comprehensive and integrated with other health care professionals and services, with effective referral systems amongst them all.
  • Encourage health professionals to work at the optimal scope of their practice within team-based care.

Improve the experience of care for the patient and provider

  • Improve access to and the experience of medical and health care services to patients, in all regions of the province, without sacrificing the quality of care.
  • Provide quality care in a manner that is culturally safe for all people.
  • Protect clinical autonomy to provide science-based, evidence-informed health care.
  • Engage physicians to work with each other, the health care system (including other health care professionals), and their communities, to lead and/or support quality improvement and the spread of effective innovations.
  • Develop and support adaptive change to prepare the medical profession for the future.

Reduce the per capita cost of healthcare

  • Develop a sustainable healthcare system.
  • Provide value for money, including measurable savings and improvements.