PRISM Clinic (Prince Rupert Interprofessional Student-led Model)

City/Town:
Prince Rupert

Site Address:

Prince Rupert Regional Hospital
1305 Summit Avenue
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 2A6

Facility Type:

Northern or Rural Site?

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This clinic is a partnership between Northern Health and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Physical Therapy.
The PRISM clinic operates on a population health approach to integrated primary health care, increasing access to care along the continuum. It serves those with a diagnosis of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory, neurological or multi-system conditions, complex chronic diseases and the frail elderly. Referrals can be made from emergency, acute care, primary care clinics, and other health care providers, and services can be provided anywhere along the continuum: community > acute care > complex care, in the most appropriate setting including in a facility, in the community or a patient’s home, and may be individual or in a group setting.

Initially, the focus of the clinic is on providing rehabilitation services, delivered by students from UBC Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) program and UBC Masters of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (MOT).

The PRISM clinic aims to provide a rich learning environment for health care professional students that foster interprofessional collaboration in rural and remote settings. The services offered through the Clinic will align with NH’s goal for an integrated health care service system coordinated through the Primary Care Home. By participating in this type of comprehensive primary health care approach, students, and the teams they work with, will meaningfully improve the function and mobility of northerners.

Site Details

Placement Category: 

Chronic Disease Management, Community Health, OP

Facility Type:

Student-led Clinic

Patient population description:

The population served by the student-led clinic will come from across the continuum of care: community > acute care > complex care. Referrals can be made from emergency, acute care, and clinics and services will be provided along the continuum in the most appropriate setting for the client: in a facility, in the community or a patient’s home, and may be individual, or in a group setting. The population would include diagnosis from musculoskeletal, neurological, multi-system, complex chronic diseases and Frail Elderly.

Physiotherapist expertise on site (special interests, degrees, certificates, etc.):

Specializing in rural general practice.

These types of learning opportunities may be available at this site:

The clinic aims to provide a rich learning environment for health care professional students that foster interprofessional collaboration in rural and remote setting; and to offer integrated health care services using a comprehensive primary health care approach along the continuum of care with the aim of improving the function and mobility of northerners.

Possible Interprofessional opportunities at this site:

The clinic will be staffed by a full time Physiotherapist (PT) Clinical Educator, who will supervise 4 MPT students and support MOT students. Initially, the clinic will focus on providing rehabilitation services by students from UBC the MPT and MOT programs. This will provide a foundation for expanding the model to include other health professionals and offer interprofessional education services in a student team model, with students from Medicine, Nursing and Social Work working collaboratively to address patient’s needs.


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