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Toronto Stroke Networks Updates

Below is a listing of current news items.  For previously posted items, please refer to the Archived Posts page.

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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:  

Online Orientation to Essential Professional Conversations

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 here to access the valuation summary from participants.


Announcing CorHealth Ontario



We are CorHealth Ontario

Dear Colleague,

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.



Sheila Jarvis
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


Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework

Final framework is now available at:



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
  •  Psychosocial Effects
  •  Communication
  •  Independence in Mobility and Prevention of Complications
  •  Routine Activities of Daily Living
  •  Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
  •  Cognitive, Perceptual and Behavioural Changes Post Stroke
  •  Sexuality
  •  Nutrition
  •  Dysphagia
  •  Skin Care
  •  Continence Management
  •  Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention
  •  Transition Management


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.

Examples for use include:

  • Orientation of new staff
  • Team Education
  • Self-Learning Plans
  • Performance Appraisal Goals
  • Accreditation
  • Professional Reflective Practice


Learn more by visiting the Core Competencies page of the OSN website at


You may also click here to view a webinar presentation about the framework.


Contact Information:

Michelle Donald (Co-Chair) Susan Bursey (Co-Chair)
ac.koorbynnusnull@dlanod.ellehcim ac.yrubdusnshnull@yesrubs
416-480-6100 Ext. 7426 705-523-7100 Ext. 1668


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