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Health Care Professional Stroke Networks

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Several health care professional stroke networks exist in Southwestern Ontario. The goal of these networks is to provide health care professionals in the region with the opportunity for mutual support, education, advocacy, and to develop research. The Networks are listed below, new members are always welcome!

 

 

Purpose:

The network serves to provide an organized vehicle for communication and support amongst nurses associated with the stroke strategy. Meetings and correspondence will support stroke best practice guidelines across the continuum.

Objectives:

Provide members with opportunity to:

  • Share information and resources
  • Explore ways to integrate stroke best practice into clinical practice
  • Identify, discuss and problem- solve issues of common concern
  • Build consistency in practices and procedures
  • Identify continuing education needs
  • Seek and provide mutual support
  • Share updates at round table from your area on stroke best practice

 Co-Chair Contact Information:

Lorraine Fleming – Registered Nurse, Urgent TIA Clinic
lorraine.fleming@lhsc.on.ca; (519) 685-8500 ext. 35074

Gina Tomaszewski – Regional Acute Care Coordinator, Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network
gina.tomaszewski@lhsc.on.ca; (519) 685-8500 ext. 35268

Purpose:

The network serves to provide an organized vehicle for communication and support amongst Occupational Therapists with the aim of improving Occupational Therapy service provided to stroke survivors across the continuum.

Objectives:

Provide members with opportunity to:

  • Share information and resources
  • Explore ways to integrate stroke best practice consistently into practice
  • Identify, discuss, and problem-solve issues of common concern
  • Promote seamless services across the continuum of care
  • Identify continuing education needs
  • Share and discuss research findings to inform practice
  • Pursue mutual research interests
  • Facilitate positive working relationships, provide support, and build partnerships

Co-Chair Contact Information:

Josh Chapman – Occupational Therapist, London Health Sciences Centre
josh.chapman@lhsc.on.ca

Currently recruiting for co-chair position

Purpose:

This is a network for recreation therapists and affiliated professionals who provide services to stroke survivors and their caregivers across the stroke care continuum. Its purpose is to provide and advocate for mutual support, best practice, education, and research.

Objectives

  • To share and develop expertise amongst recreation therapists and affiliated professionals through education, sharing of issues, identification of gaps in services, and contributions to best practice guidelines and research.
  • To provide a means of communication for recreation therapists and affiliated professionals involved with stroke patients and their caregivers to facilitate positive working relationships and partnerships.

Co-chair Contact Information:

Jeffrey Nissen – Recreation Therapist, Chatham Kent Health Alliance
jnissen@ckha.on.ca

Vanessa McPhee – Recreation Therapist, Woodstock General Hospital
vmcphee@wgh.on.ca; 519-421-4211 ext. 2763

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Purpose:

A network for speech language pathologists who provide services to stroke survivors and their caregivers across the stroke care continuum. We provide mutual support, education, resources, and professional advocacy.

Objectives:

  • Share and develop expertise amongst speech language pathologists through education, discussion and research. Key topics include current issues impacting the profession and/or client base and best practice guidelines;
  • Facilitate positive working relationships and partnerships by providing a means of communicating for speech language pathologists involved with stroke survivors/caregivers;
  • Provide a speech language pathologist link with other professionals in the SWO Regional Stroke Network, the Ontario Stroke System and other speech language pathology stroke initiatives, in order to advance professional representation through advocacy in partnership with the above;
  • Identify gaps in and strengthen procedures in order to promote seamless speech language pathology services for stroke survivors/caregivers across the continuum of care.

Co-chair Contact Information:

Sarah McSheffery – Speech Language Pathologist, Thames Valley Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team
sarah.mcsheffrey@sjhc.london.on.ca

Megan Querin – Speech Language Pathologist, Huron Perth Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team
megan.querin@hpha.ca

 

 

For Further Information Contact:

Lyndsey Butler, Regional Education Coordinator – Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network
lyndsey.butler@lhsc.on.ca; (519) 685-8500, ext. 34899.