New interprofessional healthcare program addresses critical issues in long-term care
George Brown College is launching a new program that addresses the current crisis in long-term care settings. A first of its kind, the Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care program will be delivered online starting in September.
The one-year postgraduate program will train health care professionals working with Ontario’s senior population—a group that will grow by nearly 70 per cent over the next 20 years, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
Helping to solve critical issues in long-term care
George Brown’s program aims to address some of the challenges that have arisen in the long-term care sector during COVID-19. The program is open to all healthcare providers, including nurses, personal support workers, dental professionals, fitness specialists and hearing specialists.
“With heightened focus on critical vulnerabilities in long-term care settings, it is more important than ever to enhance the skills and core competences of healthcare providers,” says Wendy Ellis, Chair, School of Nursing George Brown College. "Increasing access to programs that not only teach health care, but communication, interprofessional collaboration and problem-solving is crucial.”
Designed intentionally for online delivery, the program features a virtual learning environment that includes educational game and open world learning.
Working collaboratively on real-life scenarios
Students will work collaboratively, in interprofessional teams, on real-life scenarios to solve clinical cases.
“This program gives students the opportunity to collaborate virtually, to learn from each other, and to work towards providing excellent client care,” Ellis says.
The program, developed in partnership with Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) at Baycrest and Ryerson University, is made up of seven courses and includes a 120-hour clinical placement.
The Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care program is a great example of George Brown’s commitment to digital innovation.
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