successful champions network models

Hi all, we are currently looking at ways to further develop and sustain our champions networks here in Australia. Is anyone able to share how they are working with champions, successful models/tools and stories etc? Thanks in anticipation!


Hi AdelaideDeb, Thank you for your posting. This is wonderful to hear about your work with Champions. Here at the RNAO, we host regular webinars to highlight how individual health-care organizations implement Best Practice Guidelines and their successes and challenges. We also have an annual Knowledge Exchange Symposium to learn from RNAO BPSO's. We also have a newsletter produced quarterly to highlight the work our BPSOs are doing in long-term care homes. I hope this is helpful


Hi AdelaideDeb: I can share how I am working with champions. I am an RNAO Long Term Care Best Practice Coordinator. I support the staff at long term care homes as they work toward using evidence-based practices to improve care and resident outcomes. When I meet with the staff at a long term care home to do a program gap analysis,(determining how closely their current practices are to best practices), I always encourage the program lead to become a Best Practice Champion and to pick at least one other staff member interested in their program area to become a Champion as well. This helps to build leadership capacity at point of care and empowers and enables staff to become involved in program development and quality improvement. RNAO puts out a call for host sites to run in-person Best Practice Champion Workshops, which is a great opportunity to develop informal champion networks and allows the host site to send several staff to the workshop. The Champions I work with lead mandatory programs such as falls prevention, wound care, pain, and continence care. They provide staff education pertaining to their program area, develop educational materials for residents and families. They track and trend program data to guide changes in practice and to use at case conferences. They work with an inter- professional team on yearly quality improvement plans and education plans and they mentor their colleagues by doing 'huddles' which are 5-10 minute on the unit gatherings to discuss a particular issue or share some information pertaining to their program area. In this way, they bring education and an opportunity to voice concerns right to the units rather than having to pull staff from the units for an education session.


thanks Katherine and Imantini, that's most helpful.
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