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Senior Specialist, Outreach and Practice Support, Heart and Stroke Foundation

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline October 25, 2011

Reports to: Director, Hypertension Management Programs    
Location: Toronto    
Status: Contract, Full-Time (12 months)


The Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) provides leadership and support for system coordination across the continuum of stroke care in Ontario, including health promotion; primary, secondary and tertiary prevention; pre-hospital care; emergency, diagnostic and acute care; rehabilitation; long-term care; and community reintegration.

The Heart&Stroke Hypertension Management Program is an evidence-informed, interdisciplinary chronic disease management program to improve the detection, management and control of hypertension.  The Heart&Stroke Hypertension Management Program (HMP)  is comprised of a main program and a culturally congruent Heart&Stroke Aboriginal Hypertension Management Program (AHMP).

Reporting to the Manager of Outreach and Practice Support at the Ontario Stroke Network and working closely with the other Senior Specialists of  Outreach and Practice Support and the Manager of Clinical Content and Clinical Informatics, this role is responsible for the clinical coaching, integration of Quality Improvement (QI) and change management principles and the coordination of activities associated with the Hypertension Management Program (HMP) to ensure the effective implementation of  the tools and interventions associated with the program. The HMP includes both the main Hypertension Management Program and the Aboriginal Hypertension Management Program. A major component of this work will involve the building and management of both internal and external relationships with the multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers at involved sites.  

The development and application of operational skill sets in areas such as knowledge exchange and adult behaviour change principles will be instrumental in identifying/reporting any barriers and enablers to achieving overall project outcomes.

Key Accountabilities:

Relationship Development and Management:

  • Develop and manage healthcare provider relationships as appropriate, including assisting in the adoption and use of tools and interventions developed as part of the HMP
  • Facilitate clinical coaching, quality improvement and change management at all sites, including the uptake of tools and interventions via site visits and academic detailing.  Also gather feedback from all participants at all assigned sites (including administrative staff) and provide them with support
  • Inter-professional communications:
  • Facilitate communication among all involved healthcare professionals
  • Assist in design and implementation of inter-professional communication tools and interventions
  • Communications:
  • Communicate (verbal and written) and collaborate effectively with internal/external team members and stakeholders
  • As with Relationship Management above, develop and maintain strong working relationships with healthcare professionals and team members

Additional HMP Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the team’s development, organization, implementation, and evaluation of HMP tools, interventions, and programming
  • Collect and analyze information from all sites to identify and drive quality improvement in implementation

Key Competencies:

Organizational Strategy

  • Anticipates and plans for future events, trends, problems and opportunities and exercises sound judgment Evaluates reasonable risk taking opportunities and develops creative solutions, stimulating new ways of thinking and solving problems

Organizational Execution

  • Drive for results, while maintaining and building effective relationships. Persists in advancing initiatives despite adversity, creating and negotiating alternate solutions as appropriate

Talent Development

  • Develops effective, motivated individuals and teams to achieve common goals. Encourages individuals to develop strengths and supports opportunities to foster professional growth. Willingly shares personal experience and knowledge and provides feedback to improve individual and team performance

Personal Effectiveness

  • Acts with integrity by promoting consistency among principles, values and behaviours. Adapts communication style as appropriate. Self-aware, committed to professional and personal growth

Key Challenges/Constraints:

  • Possible barriers in participant recruitment
  • Potential resistance to uptake of tools and interventions (e.g. available time issues)
  • Project is dynamic with potential for frequent changes

Other Requirements:

  • Has strong clinical background in a related discipline (i.e. 5 yrs as RN or allied health)
  • Strong knowledge and experience of adult learning principles, quality improvement and primary healthcare issues
  • Knowledge of hypertension (and tobacco cessation) would be assets
  • Knowledge or experience working in multi level disease organization would be beneficial
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Driver’s license required
  • Significant provincial travel required

Please forward your resume to: 624935.

Please include the job title in the subject line of your email.

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however we will only be contacting those selected for interviews.