Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning CoP

Background

The Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning Community of Practice (HCC ACP CoP) was created to respond to the need for a provincial resource for Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning practice utilizing an Ontario legal framework. Both national and provincial initiatives related to Advance Care Planning have contributed to help drive the work and activities by this group.  Goals are reflective of an Ontario legal framework and reinforce the link between HCC & ACP to the public and health care providers.

A key link to the HCC ACP CoP is Speak-Up Ontario, which is a partnership between HPCO and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) which began in February 2012.  This is the Ontario version of the National Speak-Up Campaign, which provides education and Ontario based tools and resources across the province.

This Community of Practice has been in existence since 2010 in various forms.  The Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange initially supported it until the spring of 2013.  It continued its work after the funding from Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) ended, and later officially transitioned to Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) where it has been principally led by a dedicated group of HCC ACP expert leaders.

Structure

The HPCO HCC ACP CoP is responsive to its membership and has evolved to meet the growing interest and demand for leadership and resources throughout Ontario. As such the current structure includes:

Leadership Advisory Team
• Appointed by HPCO, as recommended by the members of the Leadership Advisory Team, or others as appropriate, to advise HPCO and the HCC ACP CoP on opportunities, issues and solutions, as well as recommended Ontario tools, resources, promotion, awareness, etc. The Leadership Team also leads material reviews.
• The Leadership Advisory Team consists of between 10 – 12 members
• The Leadership Advisory Team are volunteer members that are committed to advancing awareness, knowledge and skills related to HCC ACP in Ontario and is comprised of a diverse group of experts in the legal, policy, clinical, operational, knowledge translation and implementation domains of HCC ACP.
• Meets a minimum of 10 times a year with additional meetings as required.
• HPCO and Leadership Team to review membership annually to:
• Assess current members’ level of engagement and participation and make suggestions for membership team adjustments as needed.
• Ensure current membership reflects and aligns with the current CoP’s priorities, activities and evolvement.
• Ensure that members are not in a conflict of interest.

Champions Group
• Appointed by HPCO, as recommended by the members of the Leadership Advisory Team, or others as appropriate, as recognized champions in HCC ACP in Ontario.
Regional Champions – a minimum of two representatives from each LHIN area who have a lead role for promoting and implementing HCC ACP within their geography, ideally at a regional level.
• Required to successfully complete a 3-month orientation and mentorship training.
• Meets a minimum of quarterly to provide a forum for information exchange, knowledge transfer and share information about HCC ACP initiatives within the Ontario framework; and to promote the recommended Ontario tools and resources and build awareness.
• Members must be vigilant and exemplary in sharing resources, to ensure consistency with Ontario legal framework.
• HPCO and Leadership Team to review Regional Champion membership annually to:
• Assess current members’ level of engagement and participation and make suggestions for membership team adjustments as needed.
• Ensure current membership reflects and aligns with the current CoP’s priorities, activities and evolvement.
• Ensure that members are not in a conflict of interest.
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Organizational (or Sector) Champions – from across organizations (e.g., hospitals, LTC, community, social services, etc.,) that have a lead role for promoting and implementing HCC ACP within their organization, sector or community.
• Required to successfully complete the HPCO on-line HCC ACP learning program.
• Meet a minimum of quarterly to provide a forum for information exchange, knowledge transfer and share information about HCC ACP initiatives within the Ontario framework; and to promote the recommended Ontario tools and resources and build awareness.
• Members must be vigilant and exemplary in sharing resources, to ensure consistency with Ontario legal framework.
• Endorsed by their organization to take this lead role for promoting HCC ACP education and to facilitate knowledge translation within the organization or community.

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