Type of organization The General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) is a joint committee formed under the 2002 Physician Master Agreement between BC’s doctors and the provincial government
Purpose Supports family and general practice physicians by developing and implementing programs that improve health care for patients, job satisfaction for physicians and help sustain the BC health care system
Established 2002
First meeting – January 23, 2003
Structure Six representatives from the BC Ministry of Health (MoH)
Six representatives from Doctors of BC
Co-chairs Dr Shelley Ross, Doctors of BC
Mr Mark Armitage, MoH
Guest members

Representatives from six BC health authorities

  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Northern Health Authority
  • Interior Health Authority
  • First Nations Health Authority

Staff support

  • Executive Director, Society of General Practitioners
  • Secretariat, MoH

Full-service Family Practice Incentive Program

Provides guideline-informed care in areas such as including:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Adult mental health care
  • Complex care management
  • Facility and community conferencing
  • Maternity and obstetrical care
  • Palliative care planning and management
  • Prevention

Additional funding for:

  • Maternity Care for BC (MC4BC)


Practice Support Program (PSP)

Provides a suite of training and support services for physicians and their medical office assistants (MOAs) to improve clinical and practice management. Subject areas include:

  • Practice Self-assessment
  • Advanced Access/Office Efficiency
  • Group Medical Visits (includes Patient Self-management and Health Literacy)
  • Chronic Disease management
  • Adult Mental Health
  • End of Life
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • System of Shared Care for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)/Heart Failure
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) (in development)
  • Pain Management (in development)


Divisions of Family Practice

Community-based affiliations of FPs working together to achieve common health care goals. Currently, there are 3,846 physicians in 33 divisions that encompass 133 communities;
discussions regarding the formation of additional divisions are underway in up to another four areas of the province 

A GP for Me

Recognizes the importance of continuous doctor-patient relationships. A GP for Me strives to:

  • Confirm and strengthen the relationship between family physicians and patients
  • Enable patients who want a family doctor to find one
  • Increase capacity within the system

In-patient Care

Supports existing care provided by family physicians for patients in hospitals and replaces any prior service agreements between local divisions of family practice and the Ministry of Health

GPSC spokesperson

Dr Shelley Ross
Co-chair, GPSC

Media contact

Carolyn Grafton
Communications, Doctors of BC

Dana Bales
Communications, Doctors of BC

GPSC information

Helen Le Fleming
Assistant, Doctors of BC