The Pandemic Made Me Do it! Moving from “death by PowerPoint” to engaging e-learning

Throughout the pandemic, educators have had to scramble to modify in-person sessions to online. Most of the time, the best we could do was PowerPoint over Zoom. We know that some learners have the camera off and could be snoozing, not even in the room, or even walking the dog. On the upside, with more

BCCPC’s Provincial Bereavement Roundtable Funded by MSFHR – 2021 C2 award!

In a recent announcement, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) included the BCCPC’s proposal on bereavement as one of the recipients of the 2021 Convening and Collaborating awards. Now well into our second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with an estimated nine people affected by bereavement for each COVID death, MSFHR agreed

Strengthen your core … competencies, that is

As a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, social worker, counsellor or health care assistant, if you are working with people who are affected by serious illness, there are some fundamental core competencies that you should bring to your practice. But where to find the right educational resources? “Looking around for educational resources for palliative care competencies,

Supporting education gets personal – Meet Katie Green

When we say the BCCPC supports innovation and education in the palliative approach to care, what comes to mind? Program development – check. Continuing professional education – check. Strategic partnerships – also check. But sometimes supporting innovation and education takes on a more personal look. The Centre’s Student Training Program aims to help students to

That’s a wrap! ECHO BC Palliative Psychosocial cohort complete

The lastest cohort of participants in the ECHO BC Palliative Psychosocial community of practice has wrapped up, and the responses from the participants really show the value of the program. In addition to 80% of the cohort saying they would participate again, the program has dramatically increased how they perceive their psychosocial competency. One of

Research spotlight: Bereavement in BC

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many traditional supports for grief and bereavement have been disrupted, and the effect of these disruptions on peoples’ grieving process is currently not fully understood. A new research study by BCCPC is investigating this very question, seeking to better understand the experiences of people who have lost a loved

BCCPC’s innovative tools and resources used nationally

As BCCPC continues to create tools and resources to advance the practice of a person-centred approach to palliative care, more organizations are discovering the value of these innovative tools and sharing them with their own stakeholders. Three recent examples: BCCPC’s innovative tools highlighted in national report - BCCPC’s interdisciplinary symptom management guidelines and compassionate communities

When we discuss palliative care: are we all talking about the same thing?  

As health care professionals, hospice organizations, volunteers, policy makers, individuals, we all think we know what we’re talking about when we discuss palliative care. But do we? When we dig right down to the heart of the matter, are we all talking about the same thing? The truth is, likely not. As research continues to

iCAN – ACP project concludes

The national iCAN-ACP study was developed to test ways to improve advance care planning (ACP) conversations between patients, families and health professionals. The aim was to narrow the gap between the care that elderly Canadians living with frailty want and the care that they receive. The study had four project teams focusing on different settings

Palliative Care Competencies Project: Building Volunteer Competencies

In collaboration with key stakeholders and in consultation with hospice societies, BCCPC's project to establish province-wide core competencies and education for hospice staff and volunteers has reached its first milestone. The project is the product of two 2019 initiatives. The first was the Inter-professional Palliative Care Competency framework, identifying ideal competencies for health-care providers for