Leveraging expertise from critical care stakeholders.

Building connections between interdisciplinary and cross-functional health care providers has enabled improved transitions throughout a patient’s continuum of care.  Through the long-standing partnerships CCSO has helped to create and nurture, a knowledge sharing infrastructure that underpins the delivery of safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable care. 

Our committees include representation from all levels of the healthcare system, from front-line healthcare providers to senior administrators. The committee governance structure ensures broad representation and collaboration and that these perspectives are integrated in decision-making. 

Advisory Committees

CCSO coordinates and convenes provincial advisory committees that are generally comprised of clinical leaders, senior administrators from both community hospitals and academic health centres, local and regional networks, the Ministry of Health, and other system partners including medical transport providers and program related councils and associations. 

Many CCSO program areas follow a two-tiered governance structure, including a provincial advisory committee and two associated sub-committees, Performance Management and System Capacity and Capabilities. Additional time-limited task forces and reference groups are created to address specific issues, as needed. 

Critical Care Clinical Leads

Applying a system lens, this committee promotes and supports the interface between the Critical Care Clinical Leads and the regional/local planning tables to ensure knowledge sharing and problem solving are facilitated. Fourteen Critical Care Clinical Leads play an essential role regionally and locally to facilitate critical care planning and preparedness and participate at various planning tables including the local critical care networks.

Provincial Critical Care Executive Committee

Functioning as an executive counterpart to the Provincial Critical Care Clinical Leads, the Provincial Critical Care Executive Committee serves as an advisory body to CCSO and supports the implementation of the Ontario Critical Care Plan and related initiatives led by CCSO. The committee is comprised of 14 regional executive level senior leaders with critical care in their portfolio. These leaders are key influencers in aligning regional and system perspectives to enable high quality critical care that is timely, accessible, and patient focused. 

Critical Care Nursing Committee

Providing advice to inform provincial strategies including current health human resource initiatives, value-add health human resource models, and educational and communication strategies. The committee also provides insight to inform the Critical Care Nursing Standards, which identify the desirable and achievable critical care nursing knowledge and competencies, to provide standardization in critical care nursing practice across the province.

Learn more about CCSO’s work in Health Human Resources

The Ontario Neonatal Intensive Care Advisory Committee

Advising the development of a provincial patient and family-centred, integrated, inclusive and sustainable neonatal critical care system. Included in this work is the establishment of performance indicators to ensure system capacity and accountability for quality care of critically ill infants and their families across the province.

Learn more about CCSO’s work in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Paediatric Critical Care Advisory Committee

Identifying and planning solutions to address the needs of paediatric patients who require critical care services across the province. The Committee works to establish quality benchmarks and a culture of ongoing accountability and performance measurement. The Committee considers all aspects related to the paediatric critical care patient journey through the continuum of care.

Learn more about CCSO’s work in Paediatric Critical Care

Provincial Life or Limb Advisory Committee

Advising on initiatives that target patient flow and timely access to critical care services across the health care system, to promote the right level of care closest to home. This group will advise work that targets patient flow and timely access to critical care services across the health care system (including Life or Limb and Repatriation), and which promotes the right level of care closest to home.

Learn more about CCSO’s work in Life or Limb Policy

Provincial Neurosurgery Advisory Committee

Providing advice for the continued development and sustainability of a patient-centred, integrated, inclusive and sustainable provincial neurosurgery system in Ontario. The committee is actively engaged in monitoring and maintaining system performance through performance measurement and reporting, ongoing assessment of system capabilities and capacity, and engagement in system process improvement projects.

Learn more about CCSO’s work in Neurosurgery

Ontario Trauma Advisory Committee

Providing advice to ensure the continued advancement of an effective, integrated and sustainable trauma system. This Committee has been integral to the development of strategies for Lead Trauma Hospital performance and capacity management, as well as for establishing Regional Trauma Networks to drive trauma system quality and integration forward.

Learn more about CCSO’s work in Trauma and Burns

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