Regional Psychosocial Oncology Lead
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada
3d ago

Summary of Duties :

Accountability (direct) to the Regional Vice President (RVP) of Cancer Services (or designate)

Accountability (indirect) to the CCO Provincial Head, Psychosocial Oncology Program

The Cancer Care Ontario Psychosocial Oncology (PSO) Program aims to 1) improve the patient experience by promoting timely access to quality psychosocial oncology care and 2) to reduce psychosocial morbidity related to unmet physical, emotional, practical and spiritual needs.

This may include, but is not limited to, distress, depression and anxiety.

The PSO Program will be issuing regional Psychosocial Oncology clinical lead funding for 2017 / 18. The intent of the funding is to support regional clinical leads in :

  • championing provincial initiatives at the regional level;
  • driving change and innovation in Psychosocial Oncology;
  • aligning regional quality improvement initiatives with Ontario Cancer Plan IV as it relates to PSO and;
  • supporting improvements in the patient experience in alignment with Goal 1 of the OCP IV, Ensure the delivery of responsive and respectful care, optimizing individuals’ quality of life across the cancer care continuum.
  • The Psychosocial Oncology Lead provides the leadership to build, foster and maintain quality psychosocial oncology services throughout the region.

    The Lead does this by working collaboratively with the RVP, Regional Cancer Program (RCP) team and community hospitals / organizations as well as with the CCO PSO Program.

    The Psychosocial Oncology Lead actively engages psychosocial oncology providers from across the region to implement the Psychosocial Oncology Program’s quality initiatives (e.

    g., guidelines, standards, Ontario Cancer Symptom Management Collaborative).

    Responsibilities :

    Communication / Stakeholders :

  • Establish and maintain relationships with regional partners and the provincial PSO Program
  • Foster regular communication and engagement with regional stakeholders and relevant disciplines on regional and provincial psychosocial oncology initiatives
  • Work with the relevant clinical leaders across the region to develop a regional Psychosocial Oncology Program
  • Participate as an active member of regional committees, councils etc., under the leadership of the RVP, to facilitate regional planning, psychosocial oncology program development and performance measurement
  • Actively participate in provincial PSO Program Committee meetings (a minimum of 80% or ensures delegate is sent) and activities, as representative of the Regional Cancer Program
  • Program Development, Quality & Leadership :

  • Actively participate in the development of a provincial work plan and measurement plan
  • Contribute to the development and knowledge translation of PSO service delivery recommendations
  • Participate in the development of quality indicators (e.g. wait times) and patient-reported outcomes (e.g. depression and anxiety)
  • Liaise with regional IM / IT leads to ensure comprehensive and appropriate data capture related to quality indicators
  • Ensure that quality PSO data is being submitted to CCO regularly; work with CCO and regional informatics departments to resolve any issues related to data quality
  • Support the implementation of CCO guidelines such as Exercise for People with Cancer , Interventions to Address Sexual Problems in People with Cancer and The Management of Depression in Patients with Cancer
  • Participate in assessment of caregiver support available in the Regional Cancer Program
  • Analyze and plan quality improvement related to the results of Ambulatory Oncology Patient Satisfaction Survey (AOPSS), in particular those areas related to emotional support
  • Actively participate and where appropriate provide leadership in enabling multidisciplinary team work to focus on person-
  • centred care and patient reported experience measurement to drive quality improvement and priority setting that is meaningful to patients’ needs, wants and preferences.

    E.g. Concordance with Person-Centred Care Guideline- http : / / / PCCGuideline, use of patient experience data to drive program prioritization)

  • Actively participate and where appropriate provide leadership in enabling multidisciplinary team work to focus on patient symptoms and needs, including physical symptoms, emotional support, access to psychosocial, nutritional and other resources;
  • based on standardized symptoms screening such as ESAS and comprehensive team assessment. A multidisciplinary team includes : medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, palliative care experts, oncology nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, dietitians, rehabilitation specialists.

  • Educate regional partners across the LHINs to implement the Symptom Management Guides-to-Practice (SMGs) and algorithms into practice in order to meet the psychosocial health needs of patients
  • Evaluate progress on quality improvements at the regional level
  • Consistently report on progress :
  • Regional Activity Level (ALR) data reported each month in CCO Data Book
  • Status reports on PSO guideline implementation
  • Use of best practice / clinical guidelines by the Regional Cancer Program related to Psychosocial Oncology
  • Use of the SMGs and algorithms
  • Develop a work plan for the regional Psychosocial Oncology program which must be aligned with each RCPs strategic plan and consistent with the Provincial Program goals and the Ontario Cancer Plan IV
  • Work plans must be submitted to CCO for the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. A template will be provided by CCO and is to be submitted to CCO no later than the date specified on the template and in the Integrated Cancer Program (ICP) Operating Funding Agreement Reporting Requirements, Schedule C .

    Provincial Program :

  • Advise on the development of guidelines, standards and quality indicators for psychosocial oncology and support regional implementation
  • Provide input into the CCO PSO Program’s strategic priorities and share best practices
  • Participate in a year-end review to report on the progress made towards implementing a regional psychosocial oncology program and planned initiatives for 2018 / 19
  • Other items as necessary :

  • Prepare reports and deliver presentations regarding psychosocial oncology
  • Participate in CCO committees and projects
  • Participate in a performance review of this role
  • Reporting

  • It is expected that the Regional Leads will participate in the Quarterly Performance Review sessions in conjunction with the RVP
  • Regional Leads will complete the appropriate section of the ICP Comprehensive Year-End Report
  • Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resumes and cover letters, in one document, quoting file RPOL03062018 to :

    Human Resources

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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