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HPC as a Regional and Provincial Priority

In May 2014, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care launched “Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care”, which highlighted a commitment to improved access and equity in palliative and end-of-life care at home and in the community.

The Ministry has been working in partnership with Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) on establishing a provincial palliative care network to strengthen palliative and end-of-life care in Ontario and continue the important work initiated by the Hospice Palliative Care Steering Committee.

Led by the 14 LHINs in partnership with CCO, the new Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) is comprised of community stakeholders, health service providers, clinicians and health system planners. The provincial network will implement a provincial strategy and set provincial standards for palliative care services, in alignment with the Ministry’s strategy of prioritizing greater patient choice in palliative and end-of-life care. 

The OPCN will:
  • Act as the principal advisor to government for quality, coordinated palliative care in Ontario, and support regional implementation of high-quality, high-value palliative care. 
  • Be accountable for quality improvement initiatives, data and performance measurement and system level co-ordination of palliative care in Ontario.
  • Support regional  implementation of high-quality, high-value  palliative care
The OPCN has developed an Action Plan (2017 to 2020) that will guide how the partners of the OPCN will work together to improve availability of, and ease of access to, equitable, high-quality, sustainable palliative care services for all Ontarians. It presents a way forward for palliative care services in Ontario and promotes collaboration and standardization across the regions.  The three goals of the OPCN and of this Action Plan are the same as the core system goals set by 'The Declaration of Partnership' - Quality, Population Health, Sustainability. The OPCN Action Plan is available here. Additional resources to support your understanding and spread of the ‘Plan’ include:
Locally, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN identifies transformation of palliative and end of life care as a priority in its 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan.  The WW IHPC Regioanl Program devleops ana nnual work plan which integrates the priroties of he OPCN, the WWLHIN, the WW Regional Cancer Program and sub-region planning tables and 'Hospice Palliative Care Collaboratives'.