Best Practice Spotlight Organization

Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) are health-care and academic organizations selected by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) through a request for proposals process to implement and evaluate the RNAO’s best practice guidelines.

It is a dynamic partnership that focuses on making a positive impact on patient care though evidence-based practice. Requests for proposals are released every three years. The Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) initiative has been a great success. It provides support to organizations that have formally agreed to implement and evaluate multiple RNAO best practice guidelines over a three (3) year period.

First launched in 2003, the BPSO initiative is an off-shoot of the RNAO’s Nursing Best Practice Guideline program which began in November 1999 and has since spread across Canada and to countries around the world.

The Middlesex Hospital Alliance (MHA) was awarded the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO) Designation for 2021–2023. The BPSO designation has been provided by RNAO to Middlesex Hospital Alliance in recognition of MHA’s long-term commitment to implement, evaluate, sustain and spread RNAO’s Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs). This designation enables MHA to highlight the outstanding Best Practice Guideline work that we have carried out, and demonstrates our capacity to continue to build on our achievements. The BPSO designation marks MHA as an organization striving to create and maintain a culture of excellence within Canadian healthcare by embedding evidence into daily healthcare practice. MHA is leading a growing group of BPSOs that are eager to take on the challenge of forging new and innovative ways of healthcare delivery resulting in better patient outcomes.

MHA successfully completed the pre-designation requirements from 2018-2021. These requirements included a more cohesive care delivery approach by the interprofessional team, which reduced duplication and fragmented care. Other achievements included creative implementation strategies, which were developed together with frontline staff, specifically, the Brain Train and a multi-faceted falls prevention strategy. Next steps for MHA include continued recruitment and education of BPSO Champions who will continue to implement this exciting work, further development of current BPGs through the establishment of a cognition wall.

The following new Best Practice Guidelines have been selected by the MHA BPSO Steering Committee for implementation during the 2021- 2023 term are:

Middlesex Hospital Alliance BPSO journey 2018-2021. Evidence from these BPGs are incorporated into standards of practice, policies, and protocols across the various professions at Middlesex Hospital Alliance.

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