On November 23, Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital welcomed PSWs from Long-Term Care (LTC) homes around the Ottawa area for a full day training workshop. This was one of 26 workshops being held across Ontario before March 31, 2018 as part of the Personal Support Worker (PSW) Education Fund for Long-Term Care, in which the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) is working with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care to coordinate LTC PSW continuing education.
For the fiscal year 2017-2018, this continuing education is being taught through the delivery of Excellence in Resident-Centred Care (ERCC), in partnership with Conestoga College. ERCC promotes best practices that are consistent with Ministry standards in senior’s care environments through 12 diverse training modules. Having learned practical skills within a resident-centred framework, the new ERCC Trainers will then provide in-house education to PSWs within their LTC homes.
The objective of the PSW Education Fund for LTC is to help develop and enhance the PSW workforce in LTC to deliver high-quality and safe care that meets resident needs. The PSW Education Fund for LTC aims to help LTC homes train a critical mass of PSWs and sustain ongoing learning that will continue to benefit LTC residents.