PIECES has been synonymous with improving knowledge, care, and quality of life for the older Person experiencing complexity and their Care Partner for over two decades. Bringing this rich history, along with feedback from PIECES Educators, PIECES Learners, and the Lived Experience provided a solid foundation upon which to build the new Learning and Development Program (see graphic below).
The new National, 2-day PIECES Learning and Development Program focuses on meaningful engagement of the Person and Care Partner, educating health care practitioners from across the continuum of care and fostering successful transfer of knowledge gained in the classroom to the work environment. The redesign journey has enriched the PIECES approach overall and resulted in a Program that connects all members of the health care Team, shaping their experience together – in collaborative engagement, shared assessment and supportive care. The new Program can be delivered virtually or In-person, where public health regulations and organizational policies permit.
Launched in Ontario in January 2021, the new Program is available throughout the province and accessed by health practitioners across health care sectors. The feedback from PIECES Learners, Practitioners and Educators has been overwhelmingly positive. Since implementation, 96 PIECES Learning and Development Programs and 4 PIECES Educator Development Programs have been delivered virtually. There are currently 105 Certified PIECES Educators available to facilitate the Program across Ontario.