The Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist (CSRT) Demonstration Project, following on the work of the Advanced Practice for Radiation Therapists (APRT) Development Project, aligns with Ontario’s cancer system priorities including the development of new innovative health care provider roles that contribute to effectiveness and efficiency of the existing system and ultimately improving health outcomes. Several phases of the Project were implemented and funded to pilot test 9 CSRT positions in 5 cancer centres in Ontario. Based on the success of the pilot projects, funding was allocated for the next phase, the CSRT Sustainability Project, which focused on permanently integrating the CSRT role into Ontario’s cancer care system. The success of the CSRT Sustainability Project set the stage for the next CSRT Project phase - the CSRT Integration Project.
The CSRT Integration Project started in April 2013 and focuses on the development of Palliative Radiation Therapy CSRTs, establishment of a national certification process, investigations and policy work related to new models of care in the health domain, and continued support of project data collection and knowledge translation activities.