Check out the BSO eNews for April 2012 to connect, share, participate and learn about new resources, project updates, events and stories from the field.
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BSO eNews: April 2012
The Behavioural Supports in Ontario project (BSO) aims to improve the lives of Ontarians with behaviours associated with complex and challenging mental health, dementia or other neurological conditions living in long-term care homes or in independent living settings. To learn more, please visit the project website:

Did You Know?
BSO continues to collect examples of lessons learned so that we can shape and guide the direction of the project to ensure continued success.
  • If someone else picked up the BSO model today to test it with another initiative, what would you tell them?
  • Based on your role in BSO, what has contributed to the success of the project?
  • What are some opportunities for improvement?
  • Think about processes, planning, implementation, stakeholder engagement…all the moving parts of BSO that make it so wonderfully complex!

Send lessons learned to Sarah Clark ( and we’ll add them to our living document.

CONNECT to others doing great work to better support your needs

Connect us to people and groups working and discussing issues important to you and your work
Connect with colleagues
to problem solve challenges now
Connect with groups to mobilize and support change
Connect with your LHIN project lead to learn more about your local BSO project and how you can get involved

Connect with the BSO Knowledge Transfer Coordinator to get answers to your questions about the Behavioural Supports in Ontario Project

SHARE your stories and lessons learned to spread knowledge to others in need

Share your story about the great work your doing and lessons learned 'in the field' and we'll spread the news

Anchored as the third pillar in the BSO Framework for Care, Capacity Building has been woven throughout BSO planning and implementation. Early in 2012 the BSO Core Competencies and the Capacity Building Roadmap were distributed to assist LHINs with the hiring and capacity building of new staff.
In an effort to build on these resources, an Education and Training Subgroup of the Provincial Resource Team (PRT) was initiated to develop a complementary framework. This Education and Training Framework will enable LHINs to:

1.      Assess their educational needs;
2.      Understand how education and training programs align with the BSO target population, BSO core competencies and each other;
3.       Select appropriate learning and development programs to meet those needs; and
4.      Consider key strategies to ensure programs lead to change in both skills and practice

Within the next few weeks two online surveys will be distributed to help us assess learning needs and coordinate how we can continue to support capacity building at both a LHIN and front line level.
Each of the resources above is shared on the BSO Collaboration Space- please consider adding your own resources that are supporting your work in this area.
Look for the Education and Training Framework in June 2012!
PARTICIPATE in events, workshops and opportunities to mobilize your efforts

Tell us about events you think others should know about so we can bring it to their attention
May 2 Quality Improvement Capacity Building: applied science
May 8
Ontario Association of Non profit Homes and Services for Seniors Conference
May 9 & 10 North East LHIN Kaizen Event
May 9, 10 & 11 Central West LHIN Kaizen Event
May 14 Webinar:The spectrum of Lewy body disease-Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia
May 16 Quality Improvement Capacity Building: measurement for improvement
May 23-25 South West LHIN Kaizen Event
May 24
Ontario Home Care Association Symposium

Note: Many events listed above are still in early planning stages so dates are subject to change; please check the BSO Project Events Calender for the most current event date information. 

LEARN from tools & resources to support your capacity to put promising knowledge into practice

Send us resources that help you do great work so that we can share these with others
AKE Policy and Dementia: Reading list
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI): Canadian Hospital Reporting Project-interactive web-based tool
College of Nurses of Ontario Practice Standards: Restraint Policy
Drummond Report: Guiding principles and recommended components
Ontario Long Term Care Association Annual Conference-Check out the presentation!
Ontario Gerontological Association Annual Conference-Check out the presentation!
Ontario's Action Plan: Health Care
Ontario Government: 2012 Budget
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario: Alternative Approaches to the Use of Restraints
Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Canada): Time for Transformative Change- a review of the 2004 Health Accord
Strategic Use of Antipsychotics in Patients with Dementia AKE Webinar: Access Recorded Presentation
World Health Organization Report: Dementia: A public health priority


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