AHPA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Clinical Innovation Award. The review committee comprised of one patient representative, one rheumatologist and two AHPA Board members chose Dr. Sydney Brooks as the 2016 recipient for her project " The Allied Health Rheumatology Triage (AHRT) Project" in which The Ontario Rheumatology Association, The Ontario Best Practices Research Initiatives, and The Arthritis Society partnered to utilize ACPAC-trained therapists to triage patients with suspected Inflammatory arthritis.
This triage-based model resulted in expanded access to care as well as decreased wait times to see a rheumatologist, for those with suspected inflammatory arthritis. This study supported the use of ACPAC-trained therapists to triage patients suspected of inflammatory arthritis in order to expedite care. The study also provided evidence that when the skills of trained therapists are utilized to their full potential, patients stand to benefit in the short-term and foreseeably in the long-term.In addition, the review committee felt that this project demonstrated a model that has significant potential to influence funding formulas, and should be of interest to policy makers.
Applications this year, as in previous years, showcased thoughtful and creative projects, all implemented by AHPA members. We thank all applicants for their great work and for submitting their projects for consideration, and the Review Committee for taking the time to determine this year’s winner. We encourage AHPA members to apply for next year’s Clinical Innovation Award.
Sameer Chunara, PT
The AHPA Clinical Innovation Award was created to recognize AHPA members who have designed and implemented an innovative clinical project or related initiative that benefits the lives of Canadians living with arthritis. This award will showcase clinical initiatives, including those that assess, treat, educate or otherwise support people living with arthritis in new and innovative ways.
We invite allied health professional AHPA members who have undertaken within the past 5 years a clinical project or related initiative with relevance to the field of rheumatology to submit an application. Projects should be beyond the concept or proposal stage and applicants are asked to provide early/initial or final results in the form of process and/or outcome measures/data to show the impact of their initiative on the target group. Clinicians can self-nominate or AHPA members and non-members can also nominate an AHPA member with that member’s permission. The award is intended for non-physician health professionals. This award is nonrenewable and recipients may only receive the award once.
The applicant should submit the application form that requests project summary information, including the project title, key words, aim or purpose, target audience, overview of initiative or project, and any evaluation results. The project summary should be single spaced using 12 point font and 1 inch margins and be 250 words or less.
Selection process and award
Applications meeting the basic criteria will be reviewed by a committee with the following representatives: an AHPA board member, an Arthritis Society staff member, a person living with arthritis and a rheumatologist. The top rated application, based on clinical merit, creativity and potential significance to the field, will receive:
• $250 award in the form of a cheque
• Acknowledgement of your award and project at the CRA/AHPA Annual General Meeting
For more information about this award, contact:
Chair, AHPA Professional and Career Development Committee
Past Clinical Innovation Award Winners
|Dr. Marie Westby, 2016 Clinical Innovation Award For "Total Joint Arthroplasty Outcome Measure (TJAOM) Toolkit"|
|Dr. Katie Lundon, 2014 Clinical Innovation Award Recipient with Sameer Chunara, Chair, AHPA Professional and Career Development Committee|