Category: Baycrest

Now Hiring Multiple Positions for PREP LTC

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All hosts centres of the Ontario CLRI  are hiring key positions for the Preceptor Resource and Education Program in Long-Term Care  (PREP LTC). The Regional Engagement Liaison will be responsible for planning and implementing strategies to engage LTC homes, academic institutions, students and preceptors within an assigned provincial region. These positions will be part of an Ontario-wide team of Regional Engagement Liaisons.

Come work with a collaborative and innovative team dedicated to making an impact where it’s needed most!


We are also hiring a communications officer and knowledge broker to support PREP LTC:

Apply for the Virtual Internships in Innovation and Aging

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working on laptop with post titleApplications for Summer 2022 are now closed. Thank you for your interest. Successful candidates will be contacted for next steps.

Are you studying to become a clinician or health-care provider who works with older adults? Are you passionate about innovation? Gain knowledge in gerontology, develop skills in interprofessional practice, and get to know long-term care. The internship is an opportunity to explore a future in older adult health care, network with future and current health-care providers, and shape how you will practice.

The 2022 Ontario CLRI Virtual Internships in Innovation & Aging offer 4-week temporary paid positions. Interns will be paid an hourly minimum wage of up to 27.5 hours per week. There are two, four-week term internships delivered online.

The 2022 internships offer students opportunities to actively participate in small group learning focused on ageing, clinical issues in gerontology, and interprofessional competencies. Working collaboratively, interns will develop a better understanding of ageing and develop competencies in seniors’ care through daily interaction in a simulation and game-based app. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to engage with residents. Interns will also be teamed with a mentor and will participate in an innovative project.

Experience Baycrest and be part of the next generation of health clinician leaders in gerontology and ageing! 


Sign Up by March 31 to Use LIPHA for Innovative Training

Use LIPHA to train team members and support workforce retention: Available for Ontario-based LTC homes at no cost until March 31, 2022. 

LIPHA is a virtual training solution that helps LTC homes with their onboarding and training processes for newly hired staff. Learners are rapidly trained and oriented to LTC through real-world game-based simulations that focus on best practices, safety, and teamwork to support person-centred and relational care.

LIPHA has been an excellent way to put students’ knowledge to the test and provides a unique way of learning. Since there is a storyline and the game is set in Ancient Carthage, which is different than the modern-day we are used to, I find that I am able to remember information quicker and easier. I’m looking forward to completing future missions and experiencing what LIPHA has to offer.    – RPN student

CABHI and Ontario CLRI will support Ontario-based LTC homes to incorporate LIPHA into their existing training initiatives at no cost.

Sign up today to access LIPHA until March 31, 2022, and join other LTC homes in delivering innovative training!

Details for access beyond March 31, 2022, are still in development.

Government awards funding to scale LIPHA program into LTC homes, schools

The Ontario CLRI at Baycrest is excited to share the official announcement of funding from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to help LTC homes and schools incorporate LIPHA into their training and orientation practices for PSWs, Nurses and students ( and soon to expand to other roles as well).

Read the press release below or find it on the Government’s website!

The Ontario government is investing $1.2 million through the Learning Inter-Professionally Healthcare Accelerator (LIPHA), a new program to support innovative and flexible training for current and future personal support workers (PSWs) and nurses. The program is being made available for free to over 80,000 nurses and PSWs currently employed in Ontario’s long-term care homes and will provide a virtual space with simulated cases for teams and individuals in the sector to practice caring for virtual residents.

“The new LIPHA program is an important investment in the education of current and future PSWs and nurses in our province,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “I encourage all long-term care homes and postsecondary education institutions in Ontario to consider adopting LIPHA, as it is a valuable training tool that can provide personalized, on-demand training for students and existing health care professionals.”

LIPHA is a virtual simulation- and game-based learning program that will be provided free to all of Ontario’s long-term care providers and students training to work in long-term care as PSWs or nurses. The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care has been working in collaboration with the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), Baycrest’s Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging and Rotman Research Institute (RRI) to further refine, evaluate, implement, spread, and scale the innovative training platform.

The LIPHA app, which can be accessed from any computer or mobile device 24/7, can be adopted by long-term care homes to enhance and accelerate their existing training and orientation processes for nurses and PSWs. LIPHA can help provide onboarding to new hires, refresh the skills of existing staff, and upskill redeployed staff.

LIPHA is also a valuable training tool for Ontario’s postsecondary education institutions, as it propels students to higher levels of competency, while enabling self-directed learning within a serious educational game. By offering multi-media, experiential learning that includes case-based simulations and educational resources, students can safely practice caring for virtual patients and get instant feedback on their progress.

“As a result of COVID-19, long-term care is facing staff shortages unlike any we’ve seen before. We urgently need more frontline staff working to directly care for these most vulnerable members of society,” said Dr. Allison Sekuler, Managing Director, CABHI and the Rotman Research Institute, and Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Vice-President Research, Baycrest. “Moving forward through and beyond this pandemic requires new approaches to skill building, re-skilling, and up-skilling within the sector, including novel ways of attracting more students to consider careers in healthcare. We are thrilled that CABHI and the RRI have played such critical roles in the refinement, validation, and mobilization of LIPHA – supporting training for LTC teams to help all older Ontarians live their best possible lives.”

“The Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation at Baycrest and our partners are excited to offer long-term care team members and students an easy to access, high quality virtual training solution to ensure residents receive excellence in care,” said Dr. David Conn, Vice-President Education, Baycrest. “Closing the skills gap in long-term care requires an innovative approach to support rapid progress. LIPHA’s applicability with existing and next generation frontline healthcare providers, and its gamified and self-directed approach allows learners to become more engaged with their training yielding benefits like better retention, which leads to better care.”

“Our government is hiring a historic number of PSWs, RPNs and RNs to increase the hours of care and improve the quality residents receive, now and in the future,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care. “By funding innovative learning tools like the one announced today, we are ensuring that we are able to recruit and train the tens of thousands of new staff that the long-term care sector needs.”

This investment is part of the government’s Long-Term Care Staffing Plan and is another example of how the province is working with key partners to improve the care and quality of life for people living in long-term care, while addressing the shortage of trained health care professionals.

Ontario CLRI at Baycrest Welcomes Innovation and Aging Internship Students

Our team at the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest is thrilled to welcome 10 post-secondary students from various health professions across Ontario. They will be the first group of interns to work virtually with us for summer 2021. This internship provides interns the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the gerontological field. Students will participate in small group learning focused on aging, clinical issues in gerontology, and interprofessional skills.

“We’re excited to share experiences with the students of what it’s like to live and work in long-term care. Fostering positive experiences paves the way for students seeking careers in long-term care,” says Raquel Meyer, manager of the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest team.

The first cohort of students will be at Baycrest until the end of June when most will return to their studies. Please join us in welcoming these 10 exceptional students!

The Ontario CLRI develops, delivers and evaluates educational resources and programs to train the current and future LTC workforce. We build on partnerships with homes, colleges and universities to provide in-person, blended and virtual training for interprofessional teams, as well as student placements and internships.

Meet some of the Innovation and Aging Interns!


LTC Leaders: why send educators to the Specialized Educator Certificate in LTC?

Educators in the 600+ Ontario long-term care homes represent a wide variety of disciplines, knowledge, skill, experiences and credentials. Often, educators lack resources in terms of time and money to devote to their own professional development due to the urgent and ongoing nature of demands on the job.

This is a chance for your educators to access free learning that fits easily into their existing work schedule to enhance their skill set on adult education best practices and innovative educational approaches as applied specifically to the long-term care sector.

The Educator Certificate will improve your organization and the teams and individuals you work with:

  • See education build up your teams instead of patch up your teams
  • See education used where it can have an impact
  • Optimize your educational resources to build team resilience and engagement in change processes and innovation
  • Redirect your educational resources to function as proactive tools

Level 1 begins September 2021: Learn who is eligible and how to apply


Now Available: Orientation for Teams Redeployed to LTC

Chart showing the learning outcomes based on the varrying positions of redepolyedteam members coming into long-term care homes from hospitals.

The above shows the learning competencies of the carrying positions that redeployed hospital team members will fill in long-term care homes. Click the above to download the PDF version.

The rapid rise and severity of COVID-19 cases in long-term care (LTC) has led to the urgent redeployment of health professionals to LTC environments. The Ontario COVID-19 Education Task Force, in partnership with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) and the Baycrest Centre for Education, developed an LTC section on, an online learning management system to support upskilling for health-care workers being redeployed for COVID-19 care.

Please share this resource with incoming team members who are new to the LTC environment. These materials facilitate redeployment to a team-based model of care quickly and safely in LTC homes, and support team members to bridge their knowledge from current practice to the requirements to care for COVID-19 and other residents.

Please download the official announcement (PDF) and FAQ (PDF) for instructions. Use the confidential access code sent via email to our subscribers (or email for a code).

Please note that the learning platform is only available to Ontario organizations at this time. The site will continue to be updated with skills education for more roles in LTC. Your feedback on these roles and the skills covered is welcome and can be sent to

The educational resources for the LTC section of were developed by a highly skilled and collaborative team of educational experts, clinicians, and academics. Multiple public-facing resources from organizations were used to create this resource, such as those from Baycrest, Bruyère, George Brown College, the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, and Surge Learning.

For more information, please contact Maria Tassone, COVID-19 Provincial Education Task Force Chair at

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