Facts and Milestones

The Pharmacists in Primary Care Network (PCN) Program is part of the government’s primary health-care strategy to deliver team-based care to all British Columbians.


April 2022:  

Evaluation plan finalized. 

The goal of the evaluation is to understand the implementation outcomes and experiences of the Pharmacists in PCN Program as well as user experience, satisfaction and quality of care outcomes for patients when receiving care from a Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist (PCCP) as a member of an interprofessional team within a PCN in BC. 

September 30 2021

Completion of Year 1. Read the Year 1 Highlights Document here

September 2021

First 23 PCCPs Hired 

  • In collaboration with health authorities and PCNs, hired 20 PCCPs for Year 1 and 3 PCCPs for Year 2

273 Community Pharmacies Engaged

  • Community pharmacies engaged at the local level within PCNs where PCCPs are hired

Program Evaluation Plan Developed 

  • Evaluation plan developed by UBC Evaluation team

July 2021

PACT Part 1 Launched 

  • First part of the Pharmacists Aligned in Shared Care Teams training program made available to all pharmacists through an asynchronous canvas catalogue course

March 2021

Committees Established for Information-sharing

  • Program Advisory Committee facilitates information sharing and collaboration between the Ministry, UBC, PCNs, and the regional health authorities  
  • UBC Health Authority Collaborative Committee facilitates the collaboration between the regional health authorities and UBC for hiring and deployment of PCCPs

February 2021

UBC Program Infrastructure Established 

  • Program team expanded to enable implementation 
  • Leadership and operational structures formalized 

Winter 2020

PCNs are identified and active planning to hire/place Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists (PCCPs) in PCNs begins.

October 2020

Final agreements and contracts are signed; program officially begins.


Plans and preparations get underway within the larger provincial team-based primary care strategy.

June 2018

The Honorable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, announces funding for the Pharmacists in Primary Care Network (PCN) Program. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018HLTH0055-001118

Spring 2015

UBC submits a proposal to integrate pharmacists in team-based primary care at the request of the Ministry of Health.

November 2013

UBC opens the Pharmacists Clinic, commences prototyping of a service model where pharmacists are co-located in medical clinics to participate in the shared care of complex patients.