Professional Practice Lead

Department: Social and Community Services

Division: Services for Seniors

Position: Professional Practice Lead



At the Region of Halton, we treat everyone with respect, honesty, fairness and trust. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. The Region of Halton is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


This is a temporary full time position working 35 hours per week for up to 14 months.


Halton Region serves more than 580,000 residents throughout Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville. We are committed to the delivery of high quality programs and services that make Halton a great place to live and work.


We are proud to operate three non-profit long-term care homes where our employees make a meaningful contribution on the lives of the residents by providing quality care in a family-like atmosphere.


As an employee, you will be part of a progressive, service-focused and award winning employer with a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are also recognized as a Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight organization.


At Halton, you are encouraged to grow and succeed in your career and are recognized for your work. 



You will be an integral member of the Services for Seniors Shared Services Team, responsible for working with the Region’s three Long-Term Care (LTC) homes to ensure adherence to established clinical practice, support compliance with legislated and regulated standards, and develop new clinical best practices for resident care.  You will work closely with Medical Directors, physicians and clinical partners providing strategic leadership for professional practice ensuring excellence in nursing and resident centered care.


You will report to the Manager, Risk and Quality Improvement, and work closely with the Senior Nursing Managers of the LTC homes and the Shared Services team to identify, manage, implement and evaluate clinical and IPAC programs, policies and procedures, skills assessments, and training programs to meet identified needs.


You will lead professional practice and hold an integral role in developing and maintaining structures that support a quality professional practice environment.


Preferred Background:

  • The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience demonstrating progressive leadership with the ability to provide clinical direction and professional guidance on standards of practice to the nursing team in Long Term Care.
  • Must have knowledge and experience in infection prevention and control. Certification through Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC) would be an asset. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Long-Term Care Homes Act and Regulations 79/10, Inspection Protocols and other applicable legislation is required.
  • A demonstrated understanding of quality improvement methodologies and tools with a proven ability to analyze data, implement quality improvement initiatives, solve problems and resolve conflicts is required.
  • Must have experience leading large-scale projects and best practice initiatives and be able to effectively, motivate, lead and train in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must communicate effectively both orally and in writing with all levels of the organization and have well-developed report writing and presentation skills.
  • This individual will also be self-directed, result orientated and possess strong time management and project management skills. 


You make a positive difference in people’s lives because you provide high quality customer centered services.  You operate within a highly ethical environment and will be accountable for going the extra mile, listening to your customers, creatively meeting needs and always being respectful to those you serve.  As a result, you will be part of a qualified and strategic team recognized widely for caring, excellence, integrity, inclusiveness and flexibility.


Working Conditions:

The successful candidate will be made an offer of employment on condition that the Regional Municipality of Halton receives a current (obtained within the past six (6) months), original and acceptable Criminal Records Check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screen and a current two-step tuberculosis test (obtained within the past twelve (12) months) by the first day of employment. Travel will be required,incumbent must provide their own transportation. The incumbent will be required to provide a copy of their driver’s license by their first day of employment.



  • Provide leadership and expert consultative advice on nursing issues including scope of practice, resource planning and clinical informatics to enhance the practice environment and achieve quality care.
  • Support implementation of IPAC practices that comply with statutory, regulatory and other requirements of the home and involvement with local Public Health and IPAC Community of Practice and/or IPAC Hub.
  • Participate in research and promote the utilization of appropriate research to ensure best practice in clinical care.
  • Share responsibility with other members of the Leadership team for the development and ongoing monitoring & improvement of required programs under the Long Term Care Homes Act.
  • Work with the Quality Improvement team to ensure the completion of the quality protocols and program evaluations. Creates action plans and ensures follow-up actions are completed.
  • Collect and interpret data to develop strategies and ensure appropriate protocols are implemented to respond to a variety of quality indicators (i.e. responsive behaviours, falls, medication, infections, skin breakdown, behaviours, tube feeding etc. using validated quality improvement methodologies and tools.
  • Collaborate with the Manager, Risk and Quality Improvement to conduct audits and investigations on high-risk care issues and MOHLTC inspection data, evaluate current processes and lead collaborative teams in process improvements and program development, providing coaching and recommendations for corrective action. 
  • Build strategic networks, alliances and partnerships with various internal and external partners including Behavioural Supports Ontario, regulatory bodies, care partners and service providers to cultivate “evidence informed practice”
  • Support clinical practice through regular meetings, orientation, mentorship, consultation and guidance on complex situations.
  • Develop educational strategies to support clinical excellence in the LTC homes.
  • Support and participate in nursing recruitment initiatives to support retention of skilled nurses.
  • Develop, implement and lead various clinical practice initiatives and committees including the Professional Advisory Committee.
  • Perform other duties as assigned which are directly related to the responsibilities of the position.


Posting Date: January 22, 2021

Posting Expires: February 5, 2021

Posting #: SS-030-21


If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email and/or phone. Please ensure the contact information provided on your resume is up to date and that you check your email and voicemail regularly.

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