Academic Health Sciences Centres National Task Force (AHSC-NTF)
The AHSC-NTF was implemented to recommend new and innovative conceptual frameworks and typologies to align the Academic Health Science Centres’ clinical care, research and innovation, and teaching and education agendas with those of their major partners. An implementation plan was designed that funding and stakeholder groups could move forward with in their respective jurisdictions.
In 2004, over twenty National Health Organizations (see “Members” below) met to discuss the merits of establishing a national process that would consider and reflect on the future mission and mandate, roles and responsibilities of Canada’s Academic Health Sciences Centres (AHSCs).
Canada’s AHSCs – which refers to a partnership between Universities and the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and the Health Sciences and their affiliated Research and Teaching Hospitals – are responsible for the integrated activities of providing complex care patient care, teaching the next generation of health care providers, and conducting and applying innovative and evidence-based research.
In February 2008, these same National Health Organizations met to review the workplan and budget that was developed to support the activities of the National Task Force. They also agreed to the creation of a Steering Committee – which was Co-Chaired by Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, then President & CEO of the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations, and Dr. Nick Busing, then President & CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.
With unanimous support, and from these formative discussions, a National Task Force on the Future of Canada’s Academic Health Sciences Centres – comprised of two Co-Chairs (Mr. Jeffrey Lozon, then President & CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital, and Dr. Jean Rouleau, then Dean of Medicine from the Université de Montréal) and 18 individuals – was formed in late 2008.
The National Task Force held its inaugural meeting on December 5, 2008, and its subsequent meetings on February 20, 2009, April 17, 2009, and July 28, 2009.
Following the conclusion of the Academic Health Sciences Centres National Task Force in 2010, ACAHO and AFMC collaborated to create the Annual Academic Health Sciences Network National Symposium in order to continue the work accomplished at the AHSC-NTF Symposium of 2010, for more information on the Symposium and to view this year’s programme, please visit www.ahsn.ca.
The National Task Force held four face-to-face meetings to develop its report and recommendations. At the same time, there was a formal opportunity for all stakeholders to provide input on the preliminary findings conclusions of the National Task Force. Finally, a National Symposium was held in January 2010 to discuss the draft final report and its proposed implementation strategy.
The National Task Force acknowledges Health Canada as the primary funding source for this project.
To support the day-to-day management functions related to the work of the National Task Force, a Steering Committee was established. Members of the Steering Committee were initially selected on the basis of discussions of the National Health Organizations that supported this process from its initial beginnings. The remainder of Steering Committee members were selected on the basis of their background and expertise to Sheppard the process forward. The list below is accurate as of 2008.
The project’s Steering Committee had the responsibility to select the Co-Chairs and members of the National Task Force. In so doing, a great deal of attention was paid to achieving a balance of perspectives, experiences across a wide range of disciplines to reflect the breadth and depth of Canada’s Academic Health Sciences Centres. The list below is accurate as of 2008.