Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Ontario Health Team (OHT)

In October 2019, East Toronto Health Partners (ETHP) became one of the first Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Ontario Health Teams (OHT). Working with the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), a BPSO OHT commits to a four-year partnership with the Association, during which we work to optimize patient outcomes through evidence-based practice and robust staff engagement.

This commitment comes to life with the implementation of Best Practice Guidelines. As a BPSO OHT, ETHP will implement four guidelines, two of which will be shared across the partnership and across all OHTs:

  1. Person- and Family-Centred Care

  2. Care Transitions

The guidelines lay out specific practices pertaining to infrastructure, knowledge exchange, capacity building, dissemination, evaluation and reporting.

As a BPSO OHT, we are proud to partner with RNAO and to build on their foundation of excellence at our partner organizations. In year one, we laid out the infrastructure to launch the implementation of the first two guidelines. In fall 2020, we developed an eLearning module for our partners to learn about person- and family-centred care and how to put it to action in our everyday work. Click here for more resources on Person- and Family-Centred Care.

In 2021, we introduced a second Best Practice Guideline: Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls.

In spring 2021, ETHP member organizations supported a virtual peer networking group for two Masters in Nursing students and one Masters in Occupational Therapy (OHT) student. The intent was to support interprofessional learning and provide professional development opportunities. Marty Butler (nursing – acute care), Kira Paranyi (OT – rehab), and Janet Adanty (nursing – home care) reviewed literature, policies and practices in falls prevention. Their own experiences and knowledge of various sectors allowed for dynamic virtual brainstorming sessions and reflective practice.

Many ETHP member organizations have initiatives in place around falls prevention. As we move to implement this Best Practice Guideline collectively, we’ll build on the excellent foundations across our organizations, strengthening supports across sectors and incorporating new opportunities in order to provide the best evidence-based care to those we serve.