Knowledge translation (KT) in healthcare has flourished in the past decade. As healthcare professionals, we are well acquainted with the layers of complexity involved in integrating new research into daily clinical practice. KT builds on existing education principles and broadens them to include a better understanding of human factors and change management principles. However, formal training in KT practice in healthcare was lacking. The Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ is a 5 day professional development initiative for KT practitioners and the only course of its kind in North America. The curriculum focuses on the core competencies of KT work in Canada. Program delivery is grounded in adult learning principles and KT best practices. This course was developed to meet the learning needs of KT practitioners across the country and has since drawn international interest and participation. It was developed by the KT team, with the support of an expert advisory committee, in the Learning Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The course is accredited by the University of Toronto. The curriculum is delivered as a composite of didactic, small group and applied learning, and fosters relationship building and organizational capacity for KT through the involvement of participants’ supervisors, networking opportunities, and the use of an online collaborative platform. Evaluation data collected from participants and their supervisors indicates high satisfaction with the learning experience, increased knowledge about KT theory, practice, strategies and evaluation, increased self-efficacy in carrying out KT activities, demonstrated ability to develop a KT plan, application of learning upon returning to work, and supervisors’ improved confidence in their employee’s KT abilities. The implementation of KT strategies has the potential not only to improve care and service delivery for patients and families, but to foster collaborative networks, inform program development, and improve efficiencies organizationally and beyond.
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