Drs. Allen and Barrett have begun extensive conversations with the Department of ObGyn's faculty members, as well as SOON members. These conversations are providing input as to where and how the Network should move forward. There will be many more opportunities for members to provide advice and guidance on the future direction of SOON. The full results of their deliberations will be made known to all at a launch, which will be announced in early 2020.
The new SOON/QuIPS Executive Committee to be appointed will likely be skill-based and report directly to the University of Toronto's Department of ObGyn's Executive and Chair.
This new Network will become a “Community of Practice”, which will be inclusive of all sites and formed from volunteer members of each hospital as appropriate quality designates. Divisional representation will be ensured.
Watch this space for further details on membership to both executive and community of practice groups.
The Network will be responsible for:
- Organizing meetings for discussion of questions pertinent to high-quality practise of obstetrics to improve practice, develop shared guidelines and spark research collaborations;
- Organizing stronger connections between obstetricians practising in academic and community hospitals to advance practices and processes with the goal of improving quality and seamlessness of care;
- Identifying quality and outcome improvement measurements and setting targets that the obstetrics community will endeavour to achieve;
- Creating opportunities for all members (academic and community hospitals) to participate as equals;
- Developing useful guidelines to improve standards of patient care across Southern Ontario;
- Developing a robust, connected research and data collection platform.
Scope of authority
The Southern Ontario Network of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a voluntary association of specialists for the purpose of shared learning, developing collective insight, advocacy and developing opportunities for collaborative research. The Network has no formal authority over its members or any of their affiliated institutions. Guidelines developed by the Network are advisory, not binding. Membership is at will, and members may withdraw from the Network at any time, however, membership reimbursements will not be given.