Every person in British Columbia’s 30 intensive care units (ICUs) should experience high quality care. By working on both clinical and performance improvement, we and our partners across the health system are moving towards achieving this goal.

Exciting Development for Critical Care in BC!

Building on the successful collaborative efforts of critical care partners, particularly in recent years related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, BC is moving forward with the development of an enhanced Critical Care Network with the formation of Critical Care BC (CCBC) at the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The new Critical Care BC provincial Health Improvement Network (HIN) will continue the foundational work carried out by the Critical Care Services Executive Committee (CCSEC) and the Critical Care Network previously supported through the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (the Council), while creating sustainable infrastructure to support provincial system-wide improvement efforts, using evidence and leveraging digital solutions.

Working in close collaboration with regional operational partners, CCBC will provide provincial system planning and coordination to address complex province-wide health system improvement opportunities for critical care services, in an effort to optimize health outcomes for critical care patients within BC. These goals will be achieved by engaging and working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary clinical, operational and academic leaders, as well as patients and community partners, in the development of organizational strategies, prioritization frameworks and clinical policies. Key functions of CCBC will include clinical policy development and implementation, health system planning, data management, analytics and reporting, quality standard development and improvement initiatives, research, education and innovation.

More information regarding the roles and functions of a provincial HIN is included within the HIN overview document.

For additional information regarding the transition to Critical Care BC, please reach out to:

Ben Ridout
Executive Director, Critical Care BC