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NLMA releases Strategic Plan to guide future direction of the Association
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The NLMA Board of Directors
recently approved a new five-point Strategic Plan 2013-2018. The plan sets out
five broad priorities that will set direction for the NLMA over the next five years.
By NLMA Staff
The NLMA Board of Directors recently
approved a new five-point Strategic Plan 2013-2018. The plan
sets out five broad priorities that will set direction for the NLMA
over the next five years.
Much of the work was guided by the NLMA’s
Governance Steering Committee, co-chaired by Drs. Pat O’Shea and Brendan
Lewis. Other members include Drs. Eric Stone, Vicki Crosbie and Sandra
Luscombe. Extensive consultations were also held to give members an
opportunity to provide feedback on the plan, which included face-to-face
meetings with NLMA leaders over the summer and again in the fall during
the President’s Tour. “We’ve had a number of workshops with our Board of
Directors and engagements with our membership, all designed to help us
refine a roadmap of where we need to head as an organization. It’s
really a broad template or a compass that will guide us in a general
direction,” said NLMA President Dr. Tony Gabriel.
The five steams of strategic priorities
outlined in the plan include: enduring public trust and confidence in
the medical profession; meaningful physician leadership in health care
planning, service delivery and policy development; adequate and
sustainable health service resources to meet the medical needs of all
residents; a culture of innovation and timely availability and best use
of modern technology for doctors and patients; and, services and
benefits that NLMA members value.
Each strategic priority contains a subset
of goals that will be translated into specific measurable operational
objectives. Also included in the document is the NLMA’s revised mission
statement and values, which evolved from discussions during a Board
retreat a year ago.
Dr. Gabriel explained that the ultimate
goal of the strategic plan is to ensure that the NLMA stays relevant and
thrives amid new economic realities and changing societal trends.
“We’ve done a lot of research and we know
that public trust and confidence in the health care system is changing.
Generally, people are concerned about quality, safety and whether the
health care system will be able to provide the services they will need
in the future,” said Dr. Gabriel.
“All of the priorities presented in our
Strategic Plan are designed to help the profession preserve professional
autonomy, maintain standards of excellence and enhance the public’s
confidence in physicians,” he added.
The Strategic Plan 2013-2018
booklet was distributed to members with their print copies of Nexus.
It was also mailed to members who subscribe to Nexus Online and
is available to download on the
NLMA website (PDF).
The release of the plan sets the stage for
the introduction of the NLMA’s new governance model, which received
endorsement in principle at the 2012 annual general meeting. As reported
in the Summer issue of Nexus, the proposed governance model includes a
shift to a smaller, “at-large” board of directors that is policy and
strategy oriented, and driven by the interests of the entire profession.
It also includes an enhanced committee
structure and the creation of several standing committees, councils and
ad hoc committees designed to ensure that distinct groups have a
meaningful voice within the Association. The finalized governance model
will be presented to NLMA members during a province-wide special general
In preparation for the new governance
structure, the NLMA began recruiting randomly selected members to
participate in a series of focus groups to provide a more in-depth look
at members’ needs and expectations; value of membership; member
engagement; and, their preferred methods of communication with the
Corporate Research Associates (CRA) was
contracted to facilitate two face-to-face sessions with members in St.
John’s, which were followed by a series of online sessions with members
across the province. The NLMA will continue to seek members’ input over
the coming months.