Collaborative Care is when several health providers work together with patients/residents/clients, their families, caregivers and communities to provide high quality care. It involves engaging any health provider whose expertise can help improve the patient/resident/client's health. When health providers collaborate, new possibilities exist that were not there before.

Research shows that Collaborative Care creates better health outcomes for patients/clients/residents and positively impacts experience and satisfaction with care. Health providers also benefit through healthier work environments and increased job satisfaction.

The Region is committed to providing information, resources and support to help individuals, managers, teams and facilities to integrate Collaborative Care into their daily work.

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                                       May 5, 6, & 7th, 2020               

Please click here for poster:    Collaborate Application 2020


What elements make up a collaborative team?
How do you know when you’re truly delivering Collaborative Care as a team? It's a question that Susan Bowman, Kathleen Klaasen and Paul Komenda set out to determine with the EXTRA project (the executive training for healthcare improvement program through the Canadian Foundation for HealthCare Improvement). Over the past two years, the trio have scoured the available literature to determine what elements make up a high-functioning team. They've surveyed health care providers. They've looked at the six core competencies (person-centered care, role clarification, team functioning, collaborative leadership, interprofessional communication and interprofessional conflict resolution identified by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. And ultimately, they've identified eight indicators of a high-functioning, collaborative team

Click here to read the resources the Advancing Collaborative Care Teams Program created. 

Tools and inspiration to further the collaboration
Collaborative Care in healthcare occurs when multiple health providers from different professions provide comprehensive services by working with people, their families, care providers, and communities to deliver the highest quality of care across settings. 

Person Centred Care, Team Functioning, Communication are all key components of collaborative care and were all showcased by this year’s First Line Manager’s Day speakers. 

Click below to read their stories and learn more about how collaboration is the way we need to do business.

How to create a winning team with Paul LaPolice
How to create engaged workplaces with Sylvia
The importance of listening with Kristan Millar

Click here to access the six team competencies for Collaborative Care

Click here for what the competencies look like in action

Have you used the EXTRA toolkit?
Have you used this resource? We want to know about it - and hear about your experience. Contact Tracy Thiele at 204-926-8029. 

Send us your favourite Collaborative Care resources
Everyone has them…videos they like to use in presentations, videos that inspire them or videos that just plain help demonstrate a complex concept. We keep adding to our online video resource library and need your help. Email your favourite video demonstrating Collaborative Care principles to Tracy Thiele at

Do you have articles, success stories or videos that will help us build our Collaborative Care resources to share with our community of practice? If so, email Tracy Thiele at

Collaborative Care videos
I need you to… (public)
It’s important for people to know that they are an essential part of the health care team and have an important voice in their health and health care.

The Winnipeg Health Region is committed to ensuring Collaborative Care is a Regional priority. The first step of education and support for this initiative was a comprehensive web resource. Further education and support at the working level have helped further the collaboration – and health outcomes.

The video offers a different perspective of the six core competencies of Collaborative Care, one of which is person-centred care, and how these impact the care people expect. Click here to watch it

Ineed you to… (health care providers) 
Full of powerful statements about what people need from us, the videos will hopefully inspire you to think about what you can do to improve the collaboration with not only the people you work with, but also the people you care for.

The video offers a different perspective of the six core competencies of Collaborative Care, and how these impact the care people expect.Click here to watch it













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