WHAT IS THE ONTARIO PALLIATIVE CARE NETWORK?
The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) is a partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners accountable to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OPCN is developing a coordinated, standardized approach for delivering hospice palliative care services in the province. It supports and aligns with the Ministry’s Patients First: A Road-map to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which highlights a commitment to improved access and equity in hospice palliative and end-of-life care at home and in the community. The OPCN is building on the tremendous work captured in the report Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: The Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE IN OUR REGION?
With the introduction of the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) there is now a shared leadership and accountability for the delivery of quality hospice palliative care between the South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP), and the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Although executive oversight sits with the South East LHIN CEO and SERCP RVP, the South East Regional Palliative Care Network (RPCN) is a partnership of all of our regional community stakeholders, health service providers, health systems planners, patients, families and caregivers who have role in hospice palliative care in our region.
WHAT IS THE SOUTH EAST REGIONAL PALLIATIVE CARE NETWORK?
The South East Regional Palliative Care Network (RPCN) is a partnership of community stakeholders, care providers, patients, families and caregivers in South Eastern Ontario who work together to ensure that there is a coordinated, standardized approach for the delivery of hospice palliative care services. As a community of partners the South East RPCN is committed to improved access and equity in hospice, palliative and end-of-life care.
In place to manage the network and ensure quality care delivery are the Regional Network Director and the Multi-Disciplinary Co-Leads. To provide leadership and oversight to the South East RPCN steering committee reviews the work we undertake as a region and makes recommendations to the executive on improvements to hospice, palliative and end-of-life care delivery to ensure that we have a high-performing system in our region.
WHAT DOES A HIGH-PERFORMING PALLIATIVE CARE SYSTEM LOOK LIKE?
In the South East, we believe that a high-performing palliative care system is one that is designed in partnership with patients, families, caregivers, volunteers and providers. It means ensuring that high-quality care is experienced by those with life limiting illnesses and that their families or caregivers have the support they need to make sure their loved one is cared for and dies in the place of their choice.
WHAT IS THE South East RPCN RESPONSIBLE FOR?
OPCN will provide clearer regional level expectations and accountabilities over time, but as a regional network we will continue to work to improve hospice, palliative care services by:
- Improving the quality of hospice palliative care in South Eastern Ontario
- Raising awareness about hospice palliative care within our region
- Ensuring that our patients, caregivers and families have a voice at decision making tables and in their local programs
- Ensuring equity in service delivery to meet the needs of under-serviced populations
- Continue the great work already underway within a quality improvement framework
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
Currently, we are in the process of identifying network stakeholders and partners and understanding the work that is currently under way in our region. Governance development will be undertaken shortly to create a strong and engaged steering committee that is rooted in a quality improvement framework.
Moving forward, the South East RPCN Steering Committee will guide our work toward developing a new regional work plan that will be aligned with provincial goals while delivering on local priorities.