Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO®) Designation


Hotel Dieu Hospital has achieved a prestigious health care designation after successfully completing a multi-year initiative aimed at improving outcomes for patients by advancing clinical excellence. 

On April 16, 2015 the hospital officially received its Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO®) Designation at a ceremony in Toronto.

The new designation, which is recognized worldwide, is the result of a three-year initiative during which the hospital implemented and evaluated five Best Practice Guidelines (BPGs) developed by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and based on the latest evidence and research.

The Hotel Dieu initiative focused on five areas of patient care:  enhancing client-centred care; preventing falls and related injuries; assessing and managing pain; reducing foot complications for people with diabetes; and assessing and managing foot ulcers for people with diabetes. interprofessional teams dedicated themselves to implementing the BPGs, putting into place everything from new assessment practices to patient education materials to staff training modules.

Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO®) Candidate

In April 2012 Hotel Dieu Hospital formally began its journey as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization (BPSO®) Candidate, an opportunity for us to receive dedicated funding from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and to have access to dedicated resources from the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).

The expected outcomes of the BPSO® endeavour are to:

  • enhance the quality and safety of the patient care and the work environment at HDH by ensuring that patient care and decisions are based on research findings and evidence
  • develop infrastructures to support the use of research findings and evidence (aka Best Practices) in daily clinical practice and decision-making
  • develop a network of Champions, knowledgeable and experienced in the use of an evidence-based framework, to guide the integration of research findings and evidence into daily clinical care and decision-making, and to ensure these best practices are sustained and promoted over time.

BPSO Leads

Best Practice Guidelines (BPG)

For the purpose of our BPSO® candidacy, the research findings and evidence (Best Practices) stem from RNAO Clinical "Best Practice Guidelines" (BPGs). BPGs are developed by the RNAO through a rigorous process involving interprofessional panels of experts and reviews of other BPG documents and research literature.

Hotel Dieu Hospital has committed to implementing 5 clinical BPGs over the next 3 years:

Our long term goal is that the above Best Practices will be implemented and sustained over time, and additional BPGs will be implemented after our three-year candidacy.

The RNAO has been developing BPGs since 1999, and through their BPSO® program they have refined an evidence-based toolkit to guide health care organizations in the implementation of BPGs into their daily practices. This Toolkit: Implementation of Best Practice Guidelines, Second Edition helps organizations work through the phases of BPG implementation.

Publications, Conference Presentations & Posters

Follow this link to a list of publications, conference presentations and posters offered by HDH staff [PDF]. These works are all related to Best Practice Guideline implementation, and/or our BPSO® candidacy experience, and/or RNAO Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship experiences since 2011.

RNAO Fellowships

Fellowship programs are excellent opportunities for healthcare professionals to engage in focused learning, with dedicated time and mentors, to develop or enhance knowledge and skills in an area of interest. The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) have collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to offer health care organizations funding to support such opportunities.

Please follow this link to the HDH Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship Goals, Fellows & Mentors Inventory [PDF]

View more information on the RNAO Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowships

Find more information on the PRNAO Leadership/Clinical Practice Fellowship Initiative

BPSO® Project Manager:

Tanya Beattie
613-544-3400 extension 3323

For more information about BPSO®, please visit the RNAO website.