If you or your organization/clinic is interested in providing the GLA:D™ Canada program, there are a few things to consider. Read this Getting Started with GLA:D document for more information on how to implement the GLA:D™ Canada program.
Is there a need for this program at your organization/clinic? Do the people you serve experience symptoms of hip or knee osteoarthritis? Will you clientele be able to access this program (there are a few exclusionary criteria, see ‘How to participate in GLA:D‘ for more information)?
To provide the GLA:D™ Canada program, you must have eligible staff complete a 1.5 day training course in order to become a certified GLA:D™ Canada instructor. The GLA:D™ Canada program is a high quality education and tailored exercise program. Staff must be licensed by a regulatory body, have the knowledge, skills, ability and scope of practice to independently assess patients, prescribe exercises, progress exercises (including home based recommendations), modify exercises as appropriate for participants (to fit their individual ability and contraindications as appropriate) and transition functional exercises to physical activity and activities of daily living. Examples of health care professionals that fit these criteria are physiotherapists and chiropractors.
We recognize that other professionals may be eligible to provide the program. We ask that these individuals fit the following criteria:
- Have at least 2 years of clinical experience working with patients with chronic disease, including working with patients with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.
- Have experience leading group education and exercise sessions.
If you are a registered kinesiologist (within the province of Ontario), a non-registered kinesiologist or a certified exercise physiologists (CSEP-CEP), you will be considered for the course based on an application. Please send your full CV, current job description and a letter from your manager demonstrating your skills and experiences as explained above to Mariel.Ang@uhnresearch.ca to be considered for the course. Your application will be reviewed by the GLA:D™ Canada national team and you will be notified of your acceptance or decline to take the training course. Please allow at least 2 weeks for our national team to review your application.
Internationally trained physiotherapists who are looking to practice in Canada and looking to take our GLA:D™ Canada course are welcome to take our course after they have successfully passed their Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and have received their license to practice in Canada.
Consider having multiple trained staff to provide the program. This will allow for coverage if a staff member is unable to provide the program. We recommend having 2 certified program providers.
3.) Philosophy of Care
Does your organization/clinic have a philosophy of outcome driven care and providing services that are evidence-based?
The program consists of 2-3 group education sessions. Thee presentations require 2 powerpoint presentations. We recommend having access to a laptop/computer, projector, screen or blank wall space, and seating for all participants.
The program consists of 12 group exercise sessions taking place twice per week for six weeks. These sessions are 60 minutes in duration and require some equipment (see below).
- Space requirement (14m uninterrupted walkway)
- Exercise balls
- Therabands of varying resistance
- Stop watch
- Optional: cycle ergometer, furniture sliders or plastic bags (if facility floors are carpeted)