The Accelerator for Learning Inter-Professionally in Healthcare App (ALPHA)

The Accelerator for Learning Inter-Professionally in Healthcare App (ALPHA) is a simulation, coaching and community platform that provides a virtual space with simulated cases and a serious educational game for PSWs and nurses in the long-term care sector to practice caring for virtual residents.

The ALPHA platform:

  • Combines leading practices in simulation and game-based learning to improve care outcomes and experiences for residents, families and teams
  • Reinforces relational care, teamwork and safety within the LTC home
  • Improves the proficiency of new personal support worker and nursing hires
  • Supports recruitment and retention


Through the PSW Education Fund, long-term care homes can receive backfill pay support for newly hired PSWs enrolled in the 4 day virtual practice accelerator and newly hired nurses enrolled in the 4.5 day virtual practice accelerator.

Learn more about how to get started: clri-ltc.ca/alphaLTC

Contact Matthew Goulbourne (mgoulbourne@baycrest.org) for any questions about ALPHA. For additional information on backfill support, please contact program staff at pswfund@the-ria.ca or 226-581-2369.

ALPHA Backfill Reimbursement

For LTC homes who use ALPHA to virtually train new and recent PSW and Nursing hires, the PSW Education Fund will reimburse the LTC home to cover backfill costs ($25 per hour x 28 hours = $700 of backfill per PSW and $25 per hour x 31.5 hours = $787.50 of backfill per nurse). Backfill support is limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

This backfill is provided to cover the time of those who are participating in training; LTC homes need to have other staff cover the shift(s) of those participating in ALPHA training. 

Reimbursement for backfill is paid by cheque and is mailed to approved LTC homes within 60 days of team members successfully completing the course.

Acknowledgements

The ALPHA platform was prototyped in partnership with George Brown College and Ryerson University through an eCampusOntario grant. The Program to scale ALPHA to Ontario LTC Homes and Schools is a collaborative initiative of the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest, the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, and the Kunin-Lunenfeld Centre for Applied Research and Evaluation and is powered by Launch57, funded in part by the Ministries of Colleges and Universities and Long-Term Care for 2021-22.