Take a deep dive … into resources for health care providers

If you haven’t already taken the plunge, now is the perfect time to explore our resources for health care providers hub. Searchable by the type of resources, by audience or by topic, the hub is a one-stop resource that makes BCCPC’s wide range of information and tools easy to find and even easier to use.

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Beginning in 2016, BCCPC collaborated with partner organizations to build capacity for training clinicians and academic learners in the use of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide. This collaboration has successfully established a pool of facilitators who are equipped to champion and lead the training within their own organizations – health authorities, institutions, and regions across British Columbia. (We are very grateful to our partner organizations for their exceptional commitment in training their own facilitators and hosting workshops.)

As of 2023, we have a new online home for Serious Illness Conversation resources. We are shifting our focus toward continuing our commitment to quality improvement and conducting research to support the seamless integration of serious illness conversations into practice, ensuring our materials and resources are up-to-date and evidence-based, and continuing to collaborate with academic institutions to integrate serious illness conversations into their curriculum.

Please contact us at SIC@bc-cpc.ca for further information on how to access SICG education in your area.

Universal symptom management guidelines are instrumental in ensuring consistent care across BC. Released first in 2017, the BC Inter-professional palliative symptom management guidelines (a collaborative effort with all the BC health authorities) are regularly consulted more than 1,000 each month. The guidelines have also been referenced by palliative websites across Canada (Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI and Yukon) and cited in national and international journals (National Library of Medicine and Cochrane Library).

Work is continuing to widen our selection of symptom management guidelines with a new opioid guideline, updated palliative sedation therapy and a health care assistant specific guideline coming this Fall.

Calling clinicians who see themselves as new to palliative care… If you’re a health care assistant, nurse, physician, social worker, counsellor or work in an allied health discipline, we’d like your input on our new Pall Ed BC Learning Pathway. (We’re calling it a Guide to Palliative Skill – a GPS – for clinicians new to palliative care).

During the month of July, volunteers will be asked to spend 5 or 10 hours testing and giving feedback on the online Learning Pathway’s resources, activities and platform. Honoraria are available if your time is not covered by your employer. Please contact PalliativeEducationNetwork@bc-cpc.ca if interested.

We want to make your (professional) life a little bit easier, so we are amalgamating education events in one central calendar. The list includes events that offer education for health care providers who care for people affected by life-limiting illness. In addition to events hosted by BCCPC, the online calendar (go to HCP resources and select “Upcoming Education Events”) will also include events presented by a curated list of approved organizations.

The educational opportunities featured on the calendar will be targeted to formal health care providers and will focus on a facet of palliative care, such as advance care planning, serious illness conversation, palliative symptom management, psychosocial care or social prescribing.

The BC Palliative Care Competency Framework identifies ideal competencies for health-care providers caring for people with life-limiting conditions (including generalists, enhanced practice providers and specialists). Some competencies are shared by all health-care providers, and some are discipline-specific. There are now updated Pan-Canadian competencies as well. And check out these testimonials (here and here) shared by the Canadian Home Care Association.

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