New Hires Program
A program for regulated healthcare professionals new to working in diabetes.
This program is planned and offered in partnership by Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (Mount Sinai Hospital/Sinai Health Systems), SUNDEC (Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team) and Toronto Diabetes Care Connect (South Riverdale Community Health Centre).
Program delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic
The program will be redesigned to allow virtual delivery of a fall 2020 program. Further information will be available as soon as the virtual format is finalized and the session dates are confirmed.
- The program is offered once a year in the fall with registration opening over the late summer/early fall.
- The next program will be offered in the fall/winter of 2020.
- Registration information is shared via the Toronto Diabetes Care Connect email distribution list. If you wish to be added to this email distribution list please email Lori Sutton at email@example.com.
Program purpose & objectives
The purpose of the New Hires program is to increase the competency level of regulated health care professionals, who are new to providing care to individuals with type 2 diabetes, so that they are better able to support these individuals in the self-management of their condition.
Following completion of this program, participants will increase their competency in their ability to:
- Assess patients with diabetes for education and treatment needs.
- Teach a basic curriculum of diabetes to individuals with type 2 diabetes focusing on:
- Counsel patients regarding behaviour change
- Access community resources to support chronic disease management.
- Understand the role of the diabetes educator in the interprofessional team in the workplace setting.
- Perspectives & Understanding of Living with DM
- Changing Health Behaviour
- Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, & Complication Screening
- Teaching for Effect
- Foot Care
- Physical Activity & Diabetes
- Nutrition & Diabetes
- Program Planning
- Team Approach to Diabetes Management
Note: This program includes the Choices & Change Workshop and a Practice Session offered through partnership with the Choose Health Self-Management Program, South Riverdale Community Health Centre).
This program aims to support the development of many of the competencies required to become a certified diabetes educator.
- For a full list of the CDEBC competencies addressed please click here.
This program is NOT intended to address advanced-level competencies required to support clients with more complex diabetes management needs including those who are:
- Using insulin regimens
- Living with medically complex type 2 diabetes
- Living with type 1 diabetes or gestational diabetes
- Pregnant or planning pregnancy
Program Administrator and Coordinator:
- Lori Sutton, RD (CDE)/Regional Facilitator, Toronto Diabetes Care Connect, South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- Gail MacNeill, Manager/CNS (CDE), Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
- Leigh Caplan, RN (CDE)/Team Lead, Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Partners supporting program delivery:
The program has historically been offered in-person supported by the following partnerships:
- Service Integration Partnership (integrating the Choices & Changes Workshop and Practice Session):
- Choose Health Self-Management Program, a program South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- Service Delivery Partnerships (currently or previously providing expert session facilitators):
- Anishnawabe Health Toronto
- Black Creek Community Health Centre
- Comprehensive Care Program, a program of St. Micheal’s Hospital
- DECNET, a program of South Riverdale Community Health Centre
- Michael Garron Hospital
- Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes, a program of Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Health Systems
- SUNDEC, a program of Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team
- Sunnybrook Health Sceinces Centre
- Wounds Canada
The program requires a commitment to participate in both the sessions and the in in-between session activities in order to meet the learning needs of the program.
A program completion certificate will be issued on the last day of the program. In order to receive the certificate, attendance at all 4 sessions/days is required.