A Family Practice Network, or FPN, provides a mechanism through which a physician group can address common practice and patient needs, have a collective voice on issues facing family practice, and address local population health needs, in coordination with the Regional Health Authority (RHA). The FPN structure is a physician-led, non-profit organization.
The Shalloway FPN was formed early in 2018 and represents participating family physicians in Central Newfoundland. The name represents our vision for the FPN. A shalloway is a type of vessel, used originally by the French and then by the English; it is the “larger boat that helps the smaller ones ferry their catch to shore.” The reference is symbolic to the FPN, in that it provides individual family physicians, with one united voice in the pursuit of improved patient care.
The Shalloway FPN will provide the family physicians with a structure and supports to address physician and practice issues in our local area. Through Central area physician consultations, the FPN has identified several priorities to start with, including:
Yes, salaried family physicians can participate within the FPN, and we encourage participation to facilitate increased collaboration with your physician colleagues and other providers on common needs.
An FPN Executive Director has been hired who is dedicated to FPN Board operations, management, and implementation of all FPN priorities.
The Shalloway FPN will work with Central Health to address common health care goals and gaps in our local communities, contributing to improved population health outcomes. It will also provide practice and clinical support to family physicians, which will lead to improved access for patients.
Funding is provided through an annual operational budget allocation for administrative expenses such as the hiring of an Executive Director to run the FPN, and for administrative and governance services provided by the physicians who take on a leadership role. Funding is based on membership numbers.