Education / Preceptorship
Since 2004, the Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic has worked with a network of primary care physicians to develop a system of standardized assessment tools that will support decision making by the Family Health Teams in the many communities of our LHIN.
Group educational experiences and small group training sessions resulted in 40 nurses trained to do neurocognitive assessments.
The four part training program is comprised of:
• Preceptorship at Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic
• Clinic of 8 assessments with trainee & mentor both present
• NCA Assessor Trainee Solo Clinic of 8 patient assessments
• Family Practitioners group education to review results with
Over 3000 patients have been assessed and over 100 family physicians in 20 different practice locations have been involved in the program. A recent survey of the physicians indicates the program has enabled them to provide earlier diagnosis and referrals for educational services, home support etc. It has also enhanced their decision making regarding driving assessments and the referral of patients for long term care. This initiative is unique in Ontario.
Funding for this program has come from the Pharmaceutical Industry for Rural and Northern Geriatric Teams as unlimited educational grants. Kawartha Regional Geriatric Services and the Primary Health Care Service Peterborough are jointly seeking Ministry of Health funding for this health care initiative.
Information Links on Neurocognitive Assessment:
Aging at Home Strategy (pdf)
Sites in this area (pdf)
Assessment Forms (pdf)