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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.

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. 

  • 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 certificate and submit to your school along with your completed and signed SPECO Checklist (This is a Word document you will need to save onto your computer).

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.

Access to the VCH computer network and clinical systems

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. Students will receive an account starting with an "S" (e.g. S#####) and instructors staring with an "E" (e.g. E#####). This number is required for the duration of your program and should be remembered.

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. Information about the different clinical systems can be found under different student types. 

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