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Orientation for all students

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Fraser Health Authority (FHA), Interior Health Authority (IHA), Island Health Authority (VIHA),  Northern Health Authority (NHA), Providence Health Care (PHC), and Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) are committed to offering students quality practice education opportunities and have collaborated to develop an online core orientation for students and faculty accessing all British Columbia health authorities.

For the full list of placement pre-requisites, please refer to the SPECO Checklist. This is a Word document you will need to save onto your computer. Please fill it in and send to your school once completed, along with supporting documents for the SPECO Curriculum, CRC, and Immunizations).

Mandatory steps for all students

Students and instructors entering a health authority for a practice education experience must complete the following. Practicum students returning to the health authority will need to enroll in the SPECO curriculum to complete any new or missing courses. 

Get started with SPECO:

  • Read the Learning Hub Quick Reference User Guide.  

  • Login to Learning Hub or sign up for an account using your school email address. 

    • If you already have an existing account as a VCH employee, you are to use this account, however please update the email to your school email. At the end of your school enrollment, you can change the email back.
  • Search for SPECO curriculum and click on the "Enroll in Curriculum" button. The required orientation courses to complete will be listed when you enroll in the SPECO curriculum.  

  • When creating a Learning Hub account, students and instructors MUST use their school email address. Students should only have one account in the Learning Hub and can submit a ticket to have their accounts merged. Login to the Learning Hub, click on About - Contact Us at the bottom of the page below the Health Authority logos. From the Submit a Help Ticket category, choose the blue Learner Support button. When completing the form you can choose Account Merge / Link from the Learner Support Category drop down menu. 

  • The list of courses will have a "Start Course" or a check mark with "Completed" button to the right of each course.  Each of the courses with a "Start Course" button need to be completed. 

  • Once completed, print your SPECO Curriculum certificate and submit to your school along with your completed and signed SPECO Checklist, and supporting documents for CRC and Immunization.

    • Note: a separate certificate for the Curriculum is generated only when all the modules are complete.
  • Need help? Please refer to the  Account Merge and SPECO completion step-by-step instructions.

Confidentiality Undertaking

You are required to read the Vancouver Coastal Health Information Privacy and Confidentiality Policy and agree to the online VCH Confidentiality Undertaking for Student Practice before your first practicum placement. The recertification period is two (2) years.

Access to the VCH computer network and clinical systems

Network Access

Your practicum may require you to access some information or resources within Vancouver Coastal Health. Therefore, you will be provided with a numbered user name and password to your school based email account to log into VCH computers. Please note that only Allied Health students are provisioned with the VCH email access.

Students are auto-provisioned with an account starting with an "S" (e.g. S#####) and instructors - starting with an "E" (e.g. E#####). Students are to keep their VCH network login information for the duration of their program. Instructors are only provided with student S-numbers if they are assigned in HSPnet at least 4 weeks in advance and the students are starting their first practicum at VCH. Returning students do not receive the account activation email and are to re-use their existing login information.

Network Access Troubleshooting:

  • If a placement is not confirmed in HSPnet, student name is not assigned to the placement, school email missing etc, the student will not be automatically provisioned until complete. School placing coordinators can check if a placement has been completed and should be your first contact if you did not receive your network account information.

  • Auto-provisioning occurs approximately 4 weeks before placement start date. If the placement is entered late, once complete the student will be auto-provisioned with an account approximately 24 hours later.

  • For any issues with logging in to your account, please contact the VCH Service Desk.

Clinical Systems Access

Some patient care areas require access to clinical systems to look up information or document care. Training may be provided on-line or face to face in a classroom. This will depend on your role and the area you are going to. Please refer to your specific discipline tab on the right under Orientation for all students for more information on clinical systems required for your placement. 

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