Concurrent Sessions

D4 Community Palliative Care Rounds – Strengthening Our Expertise

Theme 4. Strengthening partnerships

Presentation Details

  • Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • Concurrent Session D
  • Time: 9:30am-10:15am
  • Room:
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will get an overview of the evolution of Community Palliative Care Rounds in the Barrie area.  Through this overview participants will see how the evolution became more patient care/patient needs focused.  Participants will be able to have a framework to adopt a similar model for their community.
  2. Participants will learn how primary care works collaboratively with other community providers/ health agencies as partners with the Palliative patient to facilitate effective and seamless transitions of care (hospital to home/primary care to hospice, for example), the Health Care Professional’s (HCP’s) at the table participating as consultants for patients and the expert role they play on the consulting team.


This presentation will provide a brief history of the Barrie area Community Palliative Care rounds and focus on how the recent evolution of this group concentrated on improving quality of patient care for our Palliative patients in hospital, hospice, and in the community (own home, Retirement Home or LTC). We will outline the members of our community committee and their role in the Palliative Care community, the process the interdisciplinary group followed to develop a formal terms of reference that outlines the goals that drive our meetings, the benefits we as a community group wish to achieve as well as agreed upon meeting structure for team based interaction, peer support and debriefing within the meetings limited one hour time frame. The presentation will include some examples of challenging patient cases where the team provided valuable input for collaborative care plans based on best practice guidelines and patient outcomes achieved.  We will also provide examples of the palliative learning needs and gaps in community support identified by the group.


  • Lynn Augustino, Registered Dietitian, Barrie & Community Family Health Team
  • Bob Armstrong, Pharmacist, Barrie & Community Family Health Team

Author & Contributor

  • Elizabeth Forde, Quality Improvement Co-ordinator, Barrie & Community Family Health Team