Ontario Shores Brings Leaders Together to Drive Change

October 07, 2010
Hospital leaders throughout Canada came together at the second annual Thought Leadership Forum hosted by Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) to explore ways to minimize the use of seclusion and restraint.

“The Thought Leadership Forum brings leaders together to ask bold questions, have frank discussions and investigate new practices in mental health care that promote recovery and minimize patient seclusion and restraint use,” says Glenna Raymond, President and CEO, Ontario Shores. “This year, participants had the opportunity to share their unique combination of experiences to develop effective strategies on this important topic.”

The Forum featured a dynamic line up of speakers from around the world including Dr. Joy Duxbury, Reader in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire, who spent some time at Ontario Shores before the event. “There is a lot of exciting and innovative work happening at Ontario Shores and their efforts to advance practice is commendable,” says Dr. Duxbury. “There is a wonderful energy and passion at this Forum and places like Ontario Shores are being proactive to make a real difference in the patient experience.”

The use of seclusion and restraint has been a common practice in healthcare, especially mental health care for many decades. Over the past few years, organizations throughout North America and the United Kingdom have begun making the transition to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint.

To support the transition at the hospital, Ontario Shores has identified the minimization of seclusion and restraint as one of its strategic goals. “We have implemented a restraint minimization working group that has representation from various clinical areas throughout the hospital,” says Raymond. “Most importantly, we have begun engaging in open dialogue with patients, families and staff to collect feedback on how we can improve this practice.”

John Dick, Patient Council Coordinator and speaker at the Thought Leadership Forum knows from personal experience the impact this practice can have on patients and staff. “It is the right thing to do and patients think it is great Ontario Shores recognizes the value of having open dialogue and making this change.”

Ontario Shores would like to thank the Thought Leadership Forum sponsor, Borden Ladner Gervais and the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health for their support of this year’s forum.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a spectrum of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

Ontario Shores would like to thank its sponsors, Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health, Scotiabank Group and Hicks Morley for their generous support of this year's Imagine Film Festival.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001