The Regional Municipality of Durham Hillsdale Estates – 300 bed home located in Oshawa, Ontario Lakeview Manor – 149 bed home located in Beaverton, Ontario Networking, Knowledge Transfer and Supporting other RAI Coordinators Four Homes implementing RAI-MDS Phases 1 – 4 Decided to meet monthly to discuss issues/concerns Collaboration was useful to each one of us. Were other homes met with similar challenges/issues? Beginning of the Durham Region RAI Coordinator network Spoke with a contact at the project portal. Advised of a similar network in the Ottawa region. Contacted the individual who started the network in Ottawa. He provided us with some helpful hints. Our journey began……. Obtained a list of all Durham Region Long Term Care Facilities Contacted RAI Coordinators via email. No email, we phoned the home directly for contact information. The email went out to the group of RAI Coordinators to seek interest. The answer was an “overwhelming YES!!!” 19 Invitations went out to join us Provided refreshments Comfortable environment 10 out of 19 homes were represented First meeting – February 3, 2010 Meet and Greet Details surrounding each one of us Drafted our term of reference Decision to meet monthly Rotate home sites for the host and chair Some of the issues that were brought to the table…….. The dreaded buy in by staff, accepting change Who, what and how were RAPS being done? Implementing Restorative/Rehabilitation Program Overall duties of a RAI Coordinator Auditing process, education RUG groupings/scores, maximizing your CMI Some of the challenges associated with the Network…. Commitment, finding the time to attend Some facilities were unable to host Frequency of meetings Locations, being able to meet in person Finding outside partners to speak at meetings Some of the community partners asked to attend our meetings were: Duty Inspectors College of Nurses Neighboring Universities and Colleges LHIN - Local Health Integration Network Other ways to improve and move forward SHRTN – Seniors Health Research Transfer Network Attended a planning day sponsored by SHRTN Informative day which walked you through the process Community of Practice SHRTN Collaborative is a network of networks Partnership that includes the Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) Knowledge Exchange, the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE), Ontario Research Coalition (ORC) Created in 2005, Grant of Ministry of Health and Long term care Grown and developed into a significant knowledge and exchange network Links caregivers, researchers and policy makers in the province of Ontario with the aim of improving care of seniors in Ontario. Membership is free http://beta.shrtn.on.ca Membership of SHRTN as well as specific Communities of Practice (CoP) within the website CoP is a group of people to exchange information Form of interactive education programs, awareness initiatives Examples of CoP’s are: Continence Care, Diabetes, Mental Health, Wound Care, Nutrition, Hospice Palliative Care, Falls Prevention and Medication Safety CoP is a community or group of people who have made a commitment to be available to each other Offers support to share learning, and to consciously develop new knowledge Membership of SHRTN CoPs (Community of Practice) have increased quickly over the last year CoP is supported by a Knowledge Broker and an Information Specialist SHRTN members participated in over 250 knowledge exchange events and over 350 meetings this year in person Apply to be a Community of Practice for RAI-MDS Application process was detailed and lengthy Community of Practice would require a lot of our attention and time SHRTN representatives asked us if we would be interested in becoming one of the first “Community of Interest” The application was made, accepted, the partnership agreement was completed and we are now included on the website under RAI-MDS CoI (Community of Interest) This partnership allows us the opportunity to utilize the technology provided by SHRTN for our networking group, such as teleconferences, webinars. It has also brought attention to our Network, we’ve been asked to speak at other LTC Facilities outside of our region on how to develop and implement their own network. Alberta: Health Research Transfer Network of Alberta http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca Saskatchewan: Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare Collaboration http://www.qwqhc.ca/knowledgeexchange-resource Manitoba: Canadian Cancer Society Knowledge Exchange Network http://www.cancer.ca/manitoba/prevention Manitoba: Knowledge Exchange and Community Planning http://www.gov.mb.ca/healthychild/pdre/knowledge Quebec: Reseau de recherche en sante des populations du Quebec http://www.santepop.qc.ca/en/axesstrategiques/ puc.html (web site available in English) Newfoundland: Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research http://www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=G ENINFO-0701 New Brunswick: Community on Aging Knowledge Exchange http://www.cakens.com University of British Columbia - Evidence-based Health Care http://toby.library.ubc.ca/subjects University of Manitoba - Evidence-based Health Care Links http://www.umanitoba.ca Centre for Health Evidence http://www.cche.net/about.asp University of Toronto - Evidence Resources - websites http://www.cebm.utoronto.ca Evidence-based Health Care - Ottawa Hospital Links to clinical trials and systematic reviews, critical appraisal resources and critically appraised papers, Cochrane collaboration, educational resources etc. http://www.ottawahospital.on.ca Evidence-based Resources - Kellogg Library Dalhousie University http://www.library.dal.ca/kellogg/bestevidence/evide nce.htm University of Ottawa - Evidence-based Health http://www.uo-epc.org Our goals are To continue to generate awareness of the importance of the RAI Coordinator role Encourage and support others to form their own networking groups within the province. To generate awareness with Ministry Programs to help facilitate proper assessment and knowledge transfer of RAI-MDS In conclusion, we challenge every RAI Coordinator to begin a network in their Region! We hope you enjoyed this presentation and we are hopeful that it has shown you the benefits of networking with other RAI Coordinators as well as other network possibilities in your Provinces and/or Countries.