Leadership in Primary Care Network

As part of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks, the OCFP is establishing the Leadership in Primary Care Network to help build a structured support system for leadership development and mentorship among family physicians.

This work began with consultations to inform planning for the mentoring initiative, to ensure coordination and reduce duplication of other similar leadership efforts underway in the province. This process has involved frontline family physicians, representatives of academic family medicine, LHIN and sub-region clinical leaders, as well as the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on General and Family Practice, the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario and the OCFP. To support the discussion and the focus for the leadership mentoring network, an environmental scan of leadership initiatives was conducted in 2017-2018.

Steering Committee Chair: Dr. Sarah Newbery, Marathon

CPD Event: Leadership in Primary Care - March 25, 2019

'Connected Leadership for Greater Competence, Confidence and Capacity'

Join us on March 25, for the inaugural conference for the Leadership in Primary Care Collaborative Mentoring Network in Toronto at the OHA Learning Centre. This one-day CPD event focuses on leadership in family medicine, featuring local and international health system leaders such as Dr. Rueben Devlin (Chair & Special Advisor of the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare & Ending Hallway Medicine); Dr. Robert Varnam (Head of General Practice Development at NHS England); and Dr. Elizabeth Muggah (Assistant Professor, Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Family Medicine Bruyere Academic FHT), among others.

This event is open to all mentors/mentees enrolled in the Leadership in Primary Care Network, and family physicians interested in learning more about leadership in primary care or the value of mentorship in leading change. Space is limited, register now to avoid missing out!

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 5.25 Mainpro+ Credits.

The Leadership in Primary Care Network's Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives


To provide mentoring support and education that enhances the capacity of family physicians to provide leadership in the primary care context.


Resilient and confident physician leaders in every community.

Goals and Objectives

Supporting the leadership required to pursue the vision for primary care and the “patient medical home concept” through education, strong Communities of Practice and mentoring.

  • Improve access to high quality primary care settings through supported family physician leadership.
  • Enhance the knowledge and skills required to effectively lead in a practice context.
  • Increase the number of clinicians who feel supported, capable and confident to lead change in their practice settings.
  • Connect a cadre of family physicians who can help provide leadership in transformation of primary care toward the principles that underpin the PMH concept.
  • Improve collaboration across the system and help connect family physician leaders to other education opportunities that support their leadership journey.
  • Provide community clinical leaders with practical skills and training to lead through the changes needed at the LHIN and practice level, to engage their peers, and work toward enhancing the planning and delivery of primary care.
  • Support family physicians to identify and change the “pain points” in family medicine and primary care in their local and provincial context.
  • Understand the needs of tiers of leadership by family physicians - those with formal leadership roles, those in provincial leadership roles and those in practice-based roles either formal or informal.
  • Support the fourth arm of the quadruple aim of quality which is to increase provider satisfaction through creation of supportive networks and a “compassionate space” for family physicians to discuss, share and address their challenges.
The OCFP’s Collaborative Mentoring Networks receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The views expressed are those of the OCFP and do not necessarily reflect those of the funder.