Hospice Palliative Care Ontario has been designated in the OPCN 3-Year Action Plan (2017-2020) as the lead for Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care (HCC ACP GoC) in Ontario. HPCO’s recent work with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and ongoing Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) partnership requires that we support HCC ACP GoC project and research initiatives in Ontario to ensure they are reflective of the Ontario Legal Framework. This includes working with core partners across all care settings and liaising with all researchers working in HCC ACP to identify and utilize compliant HCC ACP practices and resources in Ontario. This is considered a priority for all partners given the continued extent of non-compliance in Ontario regarding HCC ACP and GoC discussions.
Across the province considerable time and effort is often spent by associations, organizations and projects to develop HCC ACP related documents and processes. In an effort to support this work, the HCC ACP CoP Leadership Advisory Team has created the HCC ACP Ontario Tool Kit to ensure that the language and intent of all related initiatives in Ontario complies with the Legal Framework.
This toolkit is designed to assist you with a preliminary self-review of your HCC ACP documents, resources and policies to ensure Ontario compliance.
Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning Orientation Package – A combination of educational tools and resources to provide Health Care Providers and Non-Health Care Professionals with a baseline understanding of HCC ACP in Ontario.
Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning Community of Practice’s Resource Review service – Creating new resources? The Community of Practice offers a review of Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning materials (i.e. content, policies, procedures and other materials) to ensure the language and intent complies with the Ontario Legal Framework. Vetted final resources can then be acknowledged by the CoP as being reflective of the Ontario Legal Framework, and with permission, shared on the Ontario Resources of the Speak Up website repository.
Summary of Key Themes and Common Errors found in Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning documents – Do your ACP materials comply with Ontario Law? You may be surprised! Following these suggestions and recommendations, and avoiding these common pitfalls will result in much stronger resources that are reflective of the Ontario legal landscape. French version
Best Practices in Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning for Health Care Leaders – Advice on best practice in Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning, including a list of resources supporting best practice.
Template for Self-Review of Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning documents – The screening guidelines used by the Community of Practice when reviewing materials.
HCC ACP Glossary of Terms – An Ontario specific glossary of Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning.
MAiD and Advance Care Planning Briefing Note by the Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning Community of Pratice – Clarifying Medical Assistance in Dying and Advance Care Planning.
Summary of Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning in Ontario by the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE)– Ontario Summary of HCC and ACP.
Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning: The Basics- Tip Sheet by Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) – Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning: The Basics
Hierarchy of Substitute Decision Makers in the Health Care Consent Act – Tip Sheet by Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE) – Hierarchy of Substitute Decision Makers in the Health Care Consent Act
Overview of ACP Across Canada – Comparison of provincial ACP practices and policies across Canada.
Key Ontario Reference Sites – A list of links to websites for key organizations in Ontario relating to legal information and personal care.