PCN Governance Manual Template

The PCN Governance Manual Template has been jointly developed by the AMA and AHS to assist PCNs to meet the requirements set out in the Alberta Health Primary Care Network Governance Policy.

Model 1

Model 2

While use of the template is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory. Many PCN Boards across the province have developed a governance handbook/manual or have established guidelines. PCNs that wish to maintain the format of their current handbook/manual will need to ensure that it meets the requirements set out in Alberta Health policy. For more information please email

Succession Planning

Succession planning is a key risk mitigation strategy and it makes good business and board sense! Being prepared and having a plan ready when unexpected things happen will diminish possible negative impact and allow a PCN to continue with minimal disruption.

Adding a Community Member to your PCN Board

The patient centered health home model includes community participation and feedback as an integral component of its ongoing planning and evaluation of services. Improving the governance of the corporation is the most important reason for adding a community member. A community member will enhance the diversity and provide new perspectives to a NPC Board and could also bring specific skill­sets to a NPC Board that could help enrich discussions and provide advice/support (e.g., legal, financial advice). This workbook provides tools for recruitment, selection and orientation.

Community Engagement

This guidebook provides information to PCNs on the importance and value of community engagement, and provides a progression of steps a PCN can undertake to enhance their level of community engagement. It provides a continuum with the creation of a Community Advisory Council (CAC) being the ultimate final step for those PCNs ready and prepared for such an investment.

Further Questions

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