About the OHT-N

Drawing on a strong history of collaboration, patients, caregivers, health and community care providers from across Northumberland County are working together to improve patient and caregiver experience of health care in our community, as well as provider work-life experience, through the Ontario Health Team (OHT) model. 

On December 6, 2019, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott visited the Colborne Emergency Services Base to announce the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland (OHT-N) as one of the first 24 OHT candidates in the province.  The OHT-N is now moving forward with implementing this new model of organizing and delivering health care, better connecting local patients and health care providers  in order to improve patient outcomes.

The objectives of the OHT-N are to:

  • Improve patient and caregiver experience
  • Improve health outcomes
  • Improve provider work life experience
  • Improve value to the community 

OHT-N Partners

Interest in the OHT model in our community has been high, and diverse. Those involved in OHT-N planning to date have included:

  • Local patients/caregivers
  • Local primary care physicians
  • Alderville First Nation
  • Alzheimer Society – Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland & Haliburton
  • Campbellford Memorial Hospital
  • Community Care Northumberland
  • Community Health Centres of Northumberland
  • Fourcast
  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit
  • Lakeview Family Health Team
  • Local home and community care providers
  • Northumberland County
  • Northumberland Family Health Team
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital
  • Rebound Child and Youth Services
  • The Bridge Hospice
  • Trent Hills Family Health Team

Patient & Caregiver Partnership

The OHT-N is committed to meaningful community engagement, as well as partnership with patients and caregivers, to shape health care service delivery in Northumberland. This includes:

  • Adoption of a Patient/Caregiver Partnership and Community Engagement Framework. This framework is based on international best practices as well as the Patient Declaration of Values for Ontario. It sets out a commitment to ongoing consultation to validate proposed Year One projects, assess the local services/supports needed most, and inform future year priorities.
  • Patient and caregiver partner representation within all OHT-N governance, planning and project team structures.
  • Creation of Northumberland’s first county-wide Patient and Family Advisory Council.
  • The intent to establish, in the future, a local Ombudsperson role.

The OHT-N will continue to share information about public consultations and other opportunities to engage, as our work progresses.