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Responsibilities of Partners

This page provides a brief introduction to the NOHT-ÉSON Partner role and levels of participation, as well as high-level responsibilities of individual partners in relation to their role with the NOHT-ÉSON.

Definition of Partners

Partners are defined as those who have signed (either the readiness assessment or full application depending on their stage). At each stage of the Ontario Health Team process, signing of the required submissions is necessary for continued membership.

Levels of participation

As described in the NOHT-ÉSON Working Groups Terms of Reference:

Levels of ParticipationDefinitionRoleResponsibilities
PartnersAll inclusive term used to describe the NOHT-ÉSON “collective” of Members, Collaborators and SupportersVaries
Member – Health Service Provider/Organization/Physician (Primary Care and Specialist)Initial/New Formal Signatory by Board Chair to the 2019 OHT Full Application, “considered party to an agreement” Formal Signatory to the 2019 NOHT-ÉSON Collaboration Agreement.Represent expertise in a specific sector, but make decisions based on entire health and social care system
  • Commit to and follow Collaborative Approach to consensus decision-making
  • Organizational sign off of the NOHT-ÉSON Collaboration Agreement
  • Review and agree to abide by:
    • TOR
    • Conflict of lnterest
    • Media policy
    • Social Media Policy
    • Code of Conduct
    • Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
  • Active participation at the Planning Table and/or Working Groups. Active participation will be considered as:
    • Regular attendance at Planning Table meetings and/or
    • Regular review and feedback of NOHT-ÉSON materials
  • Support the work NOHT-ÉSON by having staff volunteer to serve on working group(s); providing other organizational support
  • Deliver services where applicable
  • Participates in discussion to inform consensus decision-making either through participation at the Planning Table or Working Groups; or through review and feedback of the NOHT-ÉSON materials
Member – Patient, Client, Family, Caregiver Person who brings perspective as a patient, client, family, caregiver at the Planning TableRepresent lived experience for any number of patient, client, family, caregiver experiences
  • Understand and follow Collaborative Approach to consensus decision-making
  • Review and agree to abide by:
    • TOR
    • Conflict of lnterest
    • Media policy
    • Social Media Policy
    • Code of Conduct
    • Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
  • Active participation at the Planning Table and/or Working Groups. Active participation will be considered as:
    • Regular attendance at Planning Table meetings and/or
    • Regular review and feedback of NOHT-ÉSON materials
Collaborative Advisor(s) lndigenous Health NetworkFormal Signatory as “Collaborative Advisor(s)”Provide experience and knowledge in priority areas to support and guide the work of the NOHT-ÉSON Planning Table and Working Groups
  • Active participation at the Planning Table and/or Working Groups. Active participation will be considered as:
    • Regular attendance at Planning Table meetings and/or
    • Regular review and feedback of NOHT-ÉSON materials
  • Review and agree to abide by:
    • TOR
    • Conflict of lnterest
    • Media policy
    • Social Media Policy
    • Code of Conduct
    • Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
  • Active participation at the Planning Table and/or Working Groups. Active participation will be considered as:
    • Regular attendance at Planning Table meetings and/or
    • Regular review and feedback of NOHT-ÉSON materials
Collaborator – Patient/Client/Family/CaregiverPerson who brings the perspective as a patient/client/family/caregiver at a Working GroupParticipant WG Provides input and contributes to development of WG recommendations
  • Participates in discussion to inform consensus decision- making through participation at Working Groups; or through review and feedback of the NOHT-ÉSON materials
  • Review and agree to abide by:
    • TOR
    • Conflict of lnterest
    • Media policy
    • Social Media Policy
    • Code of Conduct
    • Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

Responsibilities of Partners

NOHT-ÉSON believes in authentic partnership. Each partner commits to:

  • Mutual trust, respect, and genuineness;
  • Each Partner has an equal voice;
  • Commitment to meaningful change and outcomes; and
  • Commitment to and accountability for the Partnership

This is achieved through partner responsibilities to:

  • Understand and commit to the mandate of all of the NOHT-ÉSON partners as articulated in the application submission documents;
  • Work across sectors and systems (to be person-centred) in our approach;
  • Always consider what is best for the target population, our own patients, clients, families and caregivers, and best for our community;
  • Have the mindset of systems beyond a member’s own agency/work;
  • Work across sectors and systems (to be person-centred) in our approach;
  • Make clear and open communication an ongoing priority in the Partnership by striving to understand each other’s needs and self-interests, and developing a common language;
  • Approach discussions with an inquiring mind;
  • Contribute toward the priority areas (time, expertise, financial (as agreed upon)); and
  • Contribute toward collaborative work already in place and other agreed upon initiatives