Below is a listing of current news items. For previously posted items, please refer to the Archived Postspage.
Introducing a New Online Orientation Module to Support EPCs
Essential Professional Conversations (EPCs) or ‘warm handovers’ foster enhanced communication, learning and meaningful cross-system collaboration between healthcare providers at times of transition. Verbal exchanges between healthcare providers across facilities can optimize the continuity of care for persons with stroke and their families, and in particular, for persons with complex needs after stroke.
As a standard approach to support transitions within Toronto Stroke Networks, EPCs are being encouraged for all persons with stroke that are considered to have complex needs. To support implementation of EPCs, a new online orientation module has been developed for all healthcare providers working in stroke care. To access this new resource, please click on the following link:
For more information about EPCs or access to more resources, please click here and scroll down to the Essential Professional Conversations section.
Highlights from Toronto Stroke Networks’ First Community Expo
On October 4th, the Toronto Stroke Networks hosted a Community Expo for Healthcare Providers Working in Stroke Care. The goal of this successful half day event was to focus on building awareness of community resources and provide opportunity for networking and strengthening collaborations to enhance the recovery and experience of those living with stroke.
Paul Morse, a Patient Advisor with the Toronto Stroke Networks provided the opening remarks. He shared his story and the importance of support he received from family, friends, co-workers and community service provider agencies during his recovery journey.
The format of the event was very well received by participants. The six rapid podium presentations allowed organizations to showcase their services, initiatives or innovations. Fifteen exhibitors were also on hand to build healthcare providers’ understanding of the types of programs and services they offer, to support persons with stroke and caregivers along their journey. Over 70 participants were in attendance. Participants felt the information they received was extremely to very informative.
Click hereto access the valuation summary from participants.
Announcing CorHealth Ontario
We are CorHealth Ontario
It is my pleasure to introduce CorHealth Ontario, an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network!
Our mandate spans cardiac, stroke and vascular services through the continuum of care, where we will strive to provide a strategic understanding of the needs of both patients and providers as the basis for clinical quality improvement, provincial planning, resource allocation and performance measurement.
This marks the culmination of a journey we began in April 2016, when our two organizations merged. Together, we embarked on a Board-led exercise to set the foundation for a reimagined and integrated entity, with a clear, unified and forward-looking mandate.
Today, we are CorHealth Ontario, and with our new brand we launch our inaugural Strategic Plan. The Plan builds on the core strengths of our legacy organizations, with an increased emphasis on leveraging and building clinical leadership, more formally engaging partners, and integrating efforts across disease states and the system of care.
Indeed, we’re tremendously proud to mark this milestone in our organization’s evolution, but we could not have reached it without the steadfast support of so many of our colleagues and stakeholders. I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our current and legacy Boards of Directors, our staff, and our partners at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Local Health Integration Networks, Ontario hospitals and health agencies, and so many more.
On behalf of the CorHealth Ontario team, I thank you. We look forward to working with you as we strive to realize our new vision of the best cardiac, stroke and vascular care for all Ontarians.
Interim CEO, CorHealth Ontario
As of June 22, 2017, we are CorHealth Ontario, an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network, with an expanded mandate spanning cardiac, stroke and vascular care. Visit us at http:corhealthontario.ca.
To fulfill one of the Ontario Stroke Network’s (OSN) provincial priorities, a provincial working group was formed to develop a comprehensive Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework. Today, June 23rd 2017 marks the official launch of this framework! Ultimately, this framework, aims to provide health care professionals working in stroke with a clear, comprehensive way to achieve the core competencies needed for evidence based stroke care. The framework supports a baseline level of competency province-wide, and encourages stroke specific professional growth.
The Stroke Core Competencies (SCC) are an online framework consisting of a core set of stroke competencies for six disciplines – Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, and Recreation Therapy. The SCC was created to support health care professionals who may be working in stroke care to build fundamental stroke knowledge. Each competency contains a number of learning objectives, recommended learning resources/knowledge translation tools and suggested evaluation methods.
16 Competencies for Each Discipline
Principles of Stroke Care
Anatomy and Physiology of Stroke
Cardiovascular Respiratory Effects
Independence in Mobility and Prevention of Complications
Routine Activities of Daily Living
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
Cognitive, Perceptual and Behavioural Changes Post Stroke
Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention
The framework was piloted in 2016-17, to obtain feedback from over 30 organizations across the province. This feedback was then used to inform the final product.
The framework comes equipped with a self-rating scale which allows health care providers to identify priority learning areas. As the competencies are selected, the individual or team can establish a realistic time frame for completion.
You may also click here to view a webinar presentation about the framework.
Michelle Donald (Co-Chair)
Susan Bursey (Co-Chair)
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Let’s Celebrate “June is Stroke Month” by honouring our TSNs Patient and Family Advisors
Fighting with Stroke
Story of Ajit Pahwa, a TSNs Patient Advisor, who is successfully fighting stroke conditions.
The development of this video is funded in part by the Government of Canada through New Horizons for Seniors Program 2016/2017.
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