The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in blanket visitor restrictions that prohibit essential care partners from accessing loved ones in health and care facilities. Although the restrictive policies were put in place with the best intentions, they bring known risks and unintended harm to patients and families and moral distress to staff. To support organizations to safely welcome back essential care partners, Healthcare Excellence Canada launched Essential Together Huddles.
Essential Together Huddles:
- Connect and bring together those who create, implement or experience family presence policy during the pandemic and beyond.
- Create an open, safe and supportive space for people to share with and learn from others facing similar challenges.
- Enable learning across various health and care settings
Essential Together Huddles are open to anyone and designed particularly for those people and organizations formally participating in the Essential Together program.
Huddles run for just 45 minutes. They involve a 15 minute presentation from subject matter experts and/or organizations sharing how they’re implementing policy guidance to reintegrate essential care partners during the pandemic. Following each presentation, we have a group discussion to help encourage peer-to-peer learning and support.
We welcome you to share your experiences, both successes and challenges. We want participants to come away from each Huddle with practical tools and/or learning they can apply to their work.
The following dates are confirmed, and we will populate the Huddle themes and speakers as they are confirmed. If you’re interested in presenting, or have a suggestion for a particular topic, please reach out to the team via Essential.Together@HEC-ESC.ca
May 6, 2021, 1:00 pm ̶ 1:45 pm (ET)
Topic: Essential Together moving co-developed policy into practice across Alberta Health Services –
Speakers: Chris Mayhew, Senior Consultant, Engagement and Patient Experience, Alberta Health Services and Dean Radbourne, Patient and Family Advisor, Alberta Health Services Patient and Family Advisory Group
This huddle will talk about the balance that needs to be achieved when co-developing provincial guidance and directives, and then moving them into action across a provincial health system. Learn how one province has put policy into action by developing a set of mutual expectations for patients, caregiver and staff, to safely reintegrate essential care partners back into their facilities. We’ll talk about some of the barriers experienced during the roll-out and strategies that are being used in moving forward.
May 26, 2021, 1:00 pm ̶ 1:45 pm (ET)
Topic: Family Presence Support Teams
Speaker: Saskatchewan Health Authority
June 9, 2021, 1:00 pm ̶ 1:45 pm (ET)
Topic: Boosting our evidence in a time of vaccines
June 30, 2021, 1:00 pm ̶ 1:45 pm (ET)
Topic: What now? And How?
July 7, 2021, 1:00 pm ̶ 1:45 pm (ET)
Topic: Adapting and communicating in times of rapid change
Particularly during the pandemic, there are frequent and rapid changes that impact patients, staff and essential care partners. In this huddle we will discuss the three C’s – consistent, clear and concise – in regular communication and screening processes.
If you can’t join live, but are interested in the content, please register anyway. We’ll email you a recording of the presentation component from each Huddle, as well as posting the recording on this webpage.