Engaging Community Paramedicine
Update - April 1, 2021: Health system planning and funding functions of the Central LHIN are now part of Ontario Health, a government agency responsible for ensuring Ontarians continue to receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them.
The following information is provided for archived purposes.
Community Paramedicine is a model of health care in which paramedics use their training and expertise in non-emergency care roles, outside their customary emergency response and ambulance transport roles outlined in Ontario’s Ambulance Act, 1990.
Over the past few years, several LHINs have been engaging with local community paramedicine departments and funding pilot projects in which community paramedics play a role in identifying at-risk individuals in their homes and connecting them with appropriate community services.
To support the LHINs and their health system partners in this work, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (“the Ministry”) released a Community Paramedicine Framework in 2017. The Ministry also provided LHINs with funding to implement community paramedicine programs in collaboration with paramedic service providers and other partners.
In support of this Ministry directive, a Central LHIN Community Paramedicine Working Group was established in 2017, which included representation from the three paramedic services across the LHIN’s catchment area: City of Toronto, The Regional Municipality of York and County of Simcoe.
A critical output from this working group is a planning report which recommends adopting a phased-in approach to achieve a consistent approach to advancing community paramedicine services across all three units. This approach is intended to support equitable access to services that improve the health of vulnerable and complex patients, help reduce unnecessary ambulance and emergency department utilization, and help keep these individuals healthier and in their homes longer.
Click here to access: Recommendations for Community Paramedicine in Central LHIN (2018).