Succession Planning in Hamilton, Ontario: A Case Study
Surrounded by communities able to offer Ministry incentives of $40,000 to new recruits was just one of the hurdles faced in recruiting physicians to Hamilton 10 years ago. Developing a broad-based succession plan provided a birds-eye view of community needs and resources supporting a move from reactive adhoc recruitment to a proactive planning model. Regular transition planning seminars for older physicians normalize retirement and reduce the uncertainty surrounding handing over a practice. Benefits of succession planning included increased recruitment, improved collaboration between young and older physicians resulting in smoother transitions and better physician retention, a capturing of staff expertise and improved continuity of patient care. Jane will provide practical tips as she speaks to the challenges, rewards and lessons learned in using succession planning to ensure a steady physician workforce.