Province expands scope of practice for qualified NPs
April 20, 2017 - Brampton, Ontario – The Province of Ontario this week approved legislative changes allowing Nurse Practitioners to prescribe controlled substances once they have successfully completed an approved education program. All Nurse Practitioners at WellFort Community Health Services (WellFort) are fully certified to prescribe controlled substances in accordance with the legislation.
“Our Nurse Practitioners were certified in controlled substances as part of WellFort’s commitment to continuous quality improvement and best practices,” says Mayo Hawco, WellFort’s CEO. “We have been ready for this change and welcome the Province’s action to expand the scope of service for Nurse Practitioners. It recognizes the skills of these highly trained professionals and supports the delivery of timely care and better outcomes for our clients.”
WellFort Nurse Practitioners provide services as part of interdisciplinary teams at Bramalea Community Health Centre, Four Corners Health Centre, and Bloom Clinic as well as out in communities across Peel. This expanded scope of services for Nurse Practitioners will enable them to provide added medical assistance to clients living with chronic pain, addictions and other ailments that can be treated with prescriptions.
About WellFort Community Health Services
WellFort is a values-based community health organization that provides a range of programs, services and initiatives to build community capacity, promote health, and provide primary health care to the region of Peel. It operates the Bramalea Community Health Centre, Four Corners Health Centre, Health n’ Smiles and Bloom Clinic as well as a diabetes education program. WellFort is funded to provide service to individuals and families who traditionally face barriers in accessing health care, and is committed to providing inclusive, accessible and sustainable care to these priority populations.