Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
A Resource for Rapid Redeployment of Health Professionals to Critical and Long-Term Care Environments
With the rapid rise and severity of COVID-19 cases, hospitals and long-term care (LTC) facilities are urgently redeploying health care professional to support patients and LTC residents. These redeployed workers need additional training to care for those impacted by COVID-19, and other critical care patients.
With the rapid rise and severity of COVID-19 cases, hospitals and long-term care (LTC) facilities are urgently redeploying health care professional to support patients and LTC residents. To make this happen quickly, a team led by the Michener Institute of Education at UHN worked with experts from across Toronto Region to create an online education package to bridge knowledge from one’s current practice to the requirements to care for those impacted by COVID-19, and other critical care patients. These educational materials are now available for clinical staff at COVID&CriticalCareLearning.ca
The resources on the site are intended for health care providers such as, but not limited to, anesthesia assistants, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered dietitians and respiratory therapists, who are involved in the care of COVID-19 and other critical care patients. It is also intended for those who will be redeploying to support LTC facilities, an includes several resources related to different LTC roles, including aides, meal assistants, and personal support workers. Anyone in these professions wishing to access the site should connect with their Ontario hospital clinical director or manager for the access code and instructions.
The site also features resources on palliative care and bioethics, as well as team-based models of care, team wellness and resilience to ensure healthcare workers are supported to take care of each other and themselves through this pandemic. More professions and resources will continue to be added as redeployment strategies evolve, and as we learn more about COVID-19.
Cross-sector staff deployments
Rapid upskilling/reskilling existing and available workers (eg. laid off)
Longer term upskilling/reskilling other workers
Community Health Workers
Nurses - Licensed Practical
Nurses - Registered
Personal Support Workers
Physicians - Emergency
Physicians - Intensive Care
Physicians - Primary/Family
Physicians - Specialists
Other Health Care Workers
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The rapid development and delivery of the Critical and COVID Learning resources was led and supported by a highly skilled and collaborative regional team of educational experts, clinicians, academics and leaders across the region.
Within days of the site’s launch, more than 2,000 health care professionals accessed the site’s resources in order to prepare for possible redeployment. Eden Wright, a registered nurse working in a cancer unit at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre that has r