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CSRT Sustainability Project - Update

In Fall 2014, 7 new CSRTs started in 7 centres, including 3 new centres, bringing the provincial total to 24 CSRTs practicing in 9 of the 14 Ontario cancer centres (see table below).

CSRTs practicing in Ontario cancer centres
Centre Specialty/Position
Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario
  • Palliative
Durham Regional Cancer Centre
  • Palliative New
Juravinski Cancer Centre
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Palliative Bone Metastases
  • Breast Cancer
  • Thoracic HDR Brachytherapy
London Regional Cancer Program
  • Radiation Therapy Planning Image Definition and Contouring, Head and Neck Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
Odette Cancer Centre
  • Palliative
  • Skin Cancer 
  • Brachytherapy
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
  • Sexual Health and Supportive Care New
Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre
  • Palliative New
Peel Regional Cancer    Centre
  • Palliative
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery New
Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Palliative
  • Patient Assessment and Symptom Management, Breast Cancer
  • Target Visualization and Delineation, Head and Neck Cancer
  • Brachytherapy
  • Image Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy
  • Image Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy Chest/Upper Abdomen New
Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre
  • Palliative New
Southlake Regional Cancer Centre
  • Palliative
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Lung New

CSRT Sustainability Project

The Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist (CSRT) role has been successfully piloted across the province over the last few years and is shown to positively impact access to services, wait times, and the development of process improvements and innovations.

In March 2011, the Ministry of Health and Long Term (MOHLTC) provided funding for a three-year period for the CSRT Sustainability Project, which will facilitate the permanent integration of the CSRT role into the cancer care team (April 2010 to March 2013).

Key elements of the sustainability plan included:

  • The transition of existing pilot positions into full-time CSRT positions.
  • The creation of a centralized “integration team” to guide CSRT position development.
  • Initial seed funding for departments implementing new positions to provide the support necessary to develop and integrate the CSRT into an existing team.
  • The establishment of professional practice standards and mechanisms for assessing competence in the defined scope of practice.

Refer to the following for additional information on the CSRT Sustainability Project:

CSRT Integration Project

The CSRT Integration Project started in April 2013 and includes:

  • A focused rollout of a single kind of CSRT position – the Palliative Radiation Therapy CSRT – that could address a need that is common across all Ontario jurisdictions;
  • Collaboration with CCO’s Models of Care initiative and the development of policy and processes which support the formalization of the CSRT role within Ontario; and
  • Continued support of project activities to maintain momentum in order to realize sustainability and permanence of the CSRT role (including ongoing data collection, work towards the establishment of a national certification process, and knowledge translation activities).

Last modified: Fri, Jan 09, 2015
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