Understanding the Role of Infrastructure in Education, Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Healthcare Personnel

June 20, 2024 2:15pm

Dr. Jose Francois
Chief Medical Officer
Shared Health Manitoba

Andrew Haas
Executive Director, Capital Planning and Major Capital Projects
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Jacqueline Per
Executive Director Learning and Research
Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Nursing

Fraser Health Authority


Sarah Crawford-Bohl
Executive Director, Primary Care Operations, Community Health Services, Community Hospitals, Long Term Care – South Island and Southern Gulf Islands; Regional Primary Care Strategy
Island Health

There is a severe shortage of doctors, nurses, and other skilled healthcare professionals in Canada. The strain of the pandemic exacerbated an already existing problem by leaving many in the healthcare community burnout and opting to leave the profession or opt for early retirement.

It’s a critical time to sort through the complexities of a serious and growing concern for patient care and healthcare professionals if we hope to recruit those needed for the number of healthcare facilities currently in flight. Furthermore, the hospitals themselves needs to be designed and equipped with the technology to help, not hinder clinical responsibilities.

  • Examining the impact of the rising cost of living in major Canadian cities on healthcare professionals and staff
    • Identifying opportunities to create more affordable housing with closer proximity to major hospitals and healthcare settings
  • Exploring how to incorporate childcare and programming into healthcare facilities
  • Collaborating and partnering with educational institutions to ensure new and existing facilities will have the number of doctors, nurses and healthcare staff needed in the years to come
    • Implementing work integrated models of learning in healthcare
    • Assessing how spaces could be designed differently to encourage a learning environment
  • Exploring creative ideas to optimize space and support staff
    • Incorporating childcare and programming into healthcare facilities
    • Perspectives on key elements for respite spaces, offices etc.
    • Is there an opportunity to create more flex spaces
  • Examining how new models of care could better serve patients, optimize human resources and curb burnout
    • Utilizing virtual care and enhancing home care to alleviate the pressure on hospitals by reducing the number of visits