New Project: Pan-Canadian Compassionate Community Evaluation Framework/Toolkit

Compassionate Community initiatives have shown promise in the United Kingdom and Europe, where evaluation has demonstrated significant successes but are only recently emerging in Canada and have not been rigorously evaluated here.

In 2018, Pallium Canada, BC Centre for Palliative Care and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario partnered together to create a ready to use evaluation toolkit for Compassionate Community initiatives and make this toolkit accessible to Compassionate Communities’ Champions throughout Canada. This partnership stimulated a dialogue between national and provincial organizations around pan-Canadian perspectives of what existing Compassionate Communities in the different jurisdictions look like, with the goal of reaching a consensus on a common definition and approach for evaluation of this important community work. The project’s design fosters networking and connections to accelerate sharing of knowledge and resources.

Find out more here.

iCAN-ACP Newsletter and Podcast

Did you know we are a research partner for iCAN-ACP?
iCAN-ACP is a 3-year national study aiming to improve the quality of life for older patients with serious illness by introducing and evaluating Advance Care Planning (ACP) tools that we hope will result in more, earlier and better conversations between adults, families and the healthcare team.

Our research partners at iCAN-ACP have recently published their second newsletter, which as well as including updates about the achievements and progress of the research project and research team, includes a partner profile for the BC Centre for Palliative care.

You can read it here.

They also have a new podcast!! Check it out here, their first episode includes an interview with project lead John You.

 

Advance Care Planning public workshop listed as a top 30 innovation

We’re proud to share that our Peer-Facilitated Advance Care Planning Public Workshop is among the Top 30 selected innovations for the Frailty Matters Innovation Showcase in Toronto on Sept. 20.

We partnered with two community organizations — Comox Valley Hospice Society and Vancouver Coastal Health’s Community Engagement Advisory Network (CEAN) — to develop a community-based public education model to promote Advance Care Planning (ACP). The goal is to bring and have ACP conversations where people live, and to have their wishes known and respected.

The peer-facilitated ACP public workshop includes:

  • An online and in-person training curriculum for volunteers to equip them with the knowledge and skills to become peer facilitators for ACP sessions;
  • A start-up toolkit that includes resources for community organizations interested in adopting this model for facilitators and for the public.

The model was adopted by 24 community organizations across B.C. Evaluation of over 40 sessions indicates that the model is effective at all levels.

Click here to learn about the Top 30 Frailty Innovations.

 

Finding palliative care services

The BC Centre for Palliative Care is a centre of excellence with a mandate to integrate palliative care into the health system.

We focus on the process to integrate palliative care into the health system — for direct services around palliative care, there are many resources in BC. If you are a caregiver or want general information about services available, Service BC can help you! Call Service BC Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5pm:

Victoria: 250-387-6121
Vancouver: 604-660-2421
Elsewhere in BC: 1-800-663-7867
Outside BC: 1-604-660-2421

Here are some other helpful resources:

These resources are not intended to replace the information or advice of your health-care provider.

We’ve launched a YouTube Channel

We’re proud to announce that we now have a BC Centre for Palliative Care YouTube channel.

We currently have five videos that we’ve produced. The five offer insights on the challenges of living with serious illness (featuring Dr. Doris Barwich), palliative care systems in India (featuring Dr. Rajagopal), and how compassionate communities can address gaps in palliative care.

Enjoy these educational and informative videos.