Interprofessional Care/Education Project

Cancer Care Ontario Funding 2011-2013 
Project Title: Palliative Care Collaborative Practice and Mentorship

The purpose of this project is to build regional supportive relationships between primary health care teams (e.g. family physicians, and primary health care nurse practitioners – mentees) and specialist level palliative care teams (palliative care physicians and advance practice nurses – mentors) and to enhance to competencies of these professionals in providing palliative care.

The objectives of this project are as follows:

  1. Increase interprofessional and intraprofessional collaboration between primary health care teams (family physicians and primary health care nurse practitioners) and palliative care physicians and advance practice nurses through a mentorship program;
  2. Develop competencies in collaborative practice and palliative care knowledge through LEAP course facilitation and mentorship
  3. Support and build palliative expertise within primary health care teams; and
  4. Enhance inter-professional collaborative practice.
HealthForce Ontario
Interprofessional Collaboration Education Fund - Phase 2 (2007-2008)
Project Title: “Mentoring Interprofessional Primary Health Care Teams in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice.”

This proposal advanced the work of the project “Mentoring Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner – Family Physician Dyads in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice” that received funding from the Interprofessional Leadership, Mentorship, Preceptorship and Coaching Fund in 2006-07 by supporting the mentoring relationships established in Phase 1 of the project and building on, and further increasing capacity in team based interprofessional education locally and within neighbouring regions. This project aims at building regional relationships between interprofessional  primary health care teams (e.g., family physicians, primary health care nurse practitioners, APNs, RNs, social workers, pharmacists, and others –mentees) and palliative care experts (palliative care physicians and advanced practice nurses – mentors) to increase competencies in palliative care knowledge and skills, and interprofessional collaborative practice of both mentees and mentors.  This project is now completed.

HealthForce Ontario
Interprofessional Collaboration Education Fund - Phase 3 (2009-2010)
Project Title: "Mentoring Interprofessional Primary Health Care Teams in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice – Building Capacity"

This proposal further advances the work of the Phase 2 project titled “Mentoring Interprofessional Primary Health Care Teams in Collaborative Palliative Care Practice” that received funding from the HealthForceOntario Interprofessional Care/Education Fund in 2008-09  This project best addresses the objective for building foundation as described in the "Interprofessional Care: Blue Print for Action in Ontario (2007)" HealthForce Ontario document.

We hypothesize that by supporting the mentoring relationships established in the previous phase and building on previous relationships and establishing new ones, there will be further increase capacity in team based interprofessional education locally and within neighbouring regions. This creates additional leaders who are prepared to work and lead others in a transformed health system.  

A 11-module peer reviewed curriculum course from Pallium, Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care (LEAP), and a 2.5-h module on Collaborative Practice delivered as a 2-day workshop provides an interprofessional clinical management approach specifically addresses the needs of the primary health care professionals who have multiple clinical responsibilities. The incorporation of standardized assessment tools, guidelines and collaborative care plans into this curriculum also provides the groundwork for coordinated interprofessional palliative care delivery. As a result, new systems and processes for establishing interprofessional responsibility and accountability will evolve. The curricula and mentoring provides the strong foundation needed for the delivery of coordinated high quality patient-centered care services and the development of the local leaders or champions that can lead a sustainable cultural change in palliative care.

Specific Objectives/Aims of this project are:
  1. To develop competencies (knowledge, attitude & skills) in palliative care knowledge/practice and collaborative practice;
  2. To increase and support interprofessional collaboration between primary health care teams and palliative care specialists;
  3. To strengthen the link between education and practice to facilitate interprofessional care;
  4. To further build a foundation upon which interprofessional care activities can be sustained;
  5. To create a sustainable, supportive mentorship relationships between interprofessional teams in a community setting. 

This project is now completed.