Submit a Leading Practice

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Accreditation Canada accepts all Leading Practices submissions from health care organizations across Canada.

Up to 1750 characters. Include a description of the Leading Practice, detail the activities that occur as a part of this Leading Practice, and specify the impact it has had. From this brief description, readers should understand what the Leading Practice is, why it was implemented, and whether it would be applicable to their organization.
Innovative and Creative:

The Leading Practice submission describes why the practice is innovative or creative.

Guidelines. Describe how the practice is:
a) Innovative: The practice is new and has not been implemented elsewhere (e.g., a pediatric team develops a new tool to screen parent’s distress)
b) Creative: An existing practice, already implemented elsewhere, is adapted and applied in a significantly different manner in your organization or is targeted to a different population (e.g., a long-term care facility adapts a volunteer program that was developed in a community mental health program).

Client/Family Centred:

The Leading Practice submission describes how:
a) Clients or families were involved in, or consulted before or while, developing the Leading Practice and/or
b) The Leading Practice better involves clients and families during the care or services they receive and/or
c) the Leading Practice contributes to better client/family-centered outcomes

Guidelines. Provide information about:
a) How clients and families gave you information about their needs (i.e., the method used to solicit information from clients and families)
b) How clients and families were involved in the development of the Leading Practice 
c) How the Leading Practice better empowers clients and families in the health services delivery process (e.g., clients and families share control in decision-making) 
d) How the Leading Practice benefits clients and families (e.g., more culturally sensitive services, more timely access to services, etc.). 

Evaluated:

The Leading Practice submission describes when and how the Leading Practice was evaluated. 

Guidelines. Clearly state: 
a) The measurable objectives targeted in the evaluation (e.g.,  accessibility, quality, efficiency, patient safety)
b) The quantitative indicators or qualitative information collected, with a clear connection between the measurable objectives and the indicator. (e.g., accessibility=wait time, quality=error rate, efficiency=productivity, patient safety=rate of falls) 
c) The method or tool used to gather the information (e.g., questionnaire, checklist, focus group, survey instruments, file audit, etc.) 
d) When the evaluation was started and completed.

Demonstrates intended results:

The Leading Practice submission describes the intended results the practice has had on the measurable objectives. In addition, the submission can also include improvements in care and/or changes in behaviours. 

Guidelines. Report on the outcomes as they are linked to the measurable objectives set out in evaluation (above). 
For example: accessibility=wait times reduced from a to b, quality=error rate reduced from a to b, efficiency/productivity=reduced man hours required from a to b to complete activity, patient safety/effectiveness=rate of falls reduced from a to b.  

Sustainable:

The Leading Practice submission describes the process and actions put in place to ensure that the Leading Practice will be maintained over time.

Guidelines. Provide information about the resources invested in implementing, maintaining, and spreading the practice in the organization (e.g., staff feel empowered, leadership commits to the implementation, etc.).  Resources include financial, human, material, informational, among others. 
Sustainability is supported with committed resources, infrastructure and processes at the organizational, governance and regulatory level (e.g.,  staff, facilities, equipment, job descriptions, policies, procedures or communication).

Adaptable by other organizations:

The Leading Practice submission describes how this practice may be implemented in other organizations.

State whether and when you have shared this practice with other organizations.  Based on your experiences, state the potential barriers and facilitating elements that other organizations wanting to adopt this practice may need to consider. Include ways to overcome these barriers and ways to achieve buy-in from the necessary facilitators. 
You may want to include information about:
- Strategies that were used to successfully bring staff to understand and adopt the Leading Practice
- How the Leading Practice is consistent with values, experiences, and needs of potential adopters
- How the Leading Practice can be changed or modified by other organizations wanting to adopt it