Interim Patient Care Assessment Process (PCAP)

Interim PCAP on a tablet

An interim Patient Care Assessment Process (Interim PCAP) tool has been developed and implemented under the guidance of the panel convened to assist the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and the Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) in the process. This interim process is in place while development continues on a final PCAP tool.

Article 60 of the NBA Collective Agreement provides for a collaborative direct patient care assessment process at the health authorities and Providence Health Care to support the determination of immediate (short-term) direct patient care staffing requirements.

The Interim PCAP will be implemented as outlined in the Interim PCAP Process and Guide and based on the Interim PCAP Form and the End-of-Shift Question forms. 

Interim PCAP Resources

Interim PCAP Education Module

Access the new PCAP education module for an overview of the interim process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Review the frequently asked questions page about the new Interim PCAP. 

Interim PCAP Form

This form is to be used by the in-charge nurse and manager/designate to document the assessment of nurse staffing needs on a shift-by-shift basis.

In most areas, this form will be completed online by the in-charge nurse and manager/designate. 

End-of-Shift Question Form

The End-of-Shift Question Form is to be completed by each point-of-care nurse on the unit. It is considered part of the assessment tool. This information is intended to assist the manager/designate and the in-charge nurse in determining whether patient/resident/client care needs can be met with the current staffing complement.

The End-of-Shift Question Form is not determinative of whether the Working Short Premium is applicable for the shift. 

Point-of-care nurses are to continue to follow established processes to raise concerns regarding nurse staffing levels and/or patient care needs with the in-charge nurse or manager/designate throughout their shift.

UPDATED: March 16, 2023
Related Bulletins

Interim PCAP Tool Resources Now Available
​Mandatory End-of-Shift Form required as part of assessment process
JANUARY 27, 2021

Interim PCAP to be Implemented
DECEMBER 11, 2020

Interim PCAP to be Implemented While Parties Collaborate on Final Agreement
​HEABC and the Nurses’ Bargaining Association (NBA) have been working on the implementation of Article 60 (Direct Patient Care Assessment) of the collective agreement since ratification of the 2019-2022 agreement.
NOVEMBER 24, 2020


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