Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is a 301-bed psychiatric hospital located on the shores of Georgian Bay in a beautiful setting approximately 150 km north of Toronto. It provides an extensive range of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based mental health services to Simcoe and Dufferin Counties and to the Muskoka/Parry Sound region. Waypoint also includes the only Provincial Forensic maximum security forensic hospital in Ontario.
Over the years, Waypoint has built on its longstanding dedication to fostering a supportive and safe environment for clients and staff. This leads to a range of opportunities for nurses to advance in their careers and to gain exposure to specialty areas of tertiary mental health and addictions.
Core Values and Team Culture
Waypoint was the last provincial psychiatric hospital to be divested by the Government of Ontario. It is now governed by a Board of Directors under the Public Hospitals Act. Standards of behaviour at our institution remain rooted in four core values exercised by the entire staff.
These principles, along with our focus on patient safety, guide us daily in our relationship with clients and in our job performance.
The strength of the hospital lies in its collaborative spirit. A strong program management structure allows for team decision-making. The 1:1therapeutic interaction helps nurses identify their patients’ concerns, nurturing a vested interest in resolving issues with the assistance of consultative client teams. Programs focus on sub-specialties of mental health including forensic, addictions, and psychotic, mood and anxiety disorders and are large and variable enough to allow for movement, change and professional development.
Learning and Career Development
Staff development is a priority at Waypoint, which maintains its reputation as a learning institution. There are many internal and off-site career development opportunities. At Waypoint there is access to information through the Organizational Development Department (OD). The OD Department offers substantial educational programming – a service that is consistently evolving for Waypoint Centre staff and its partnering agencies. Waypoint Centre sponsors a variety of specialty workshops and conferences available to nurses each year.
An expanding academic affiliation with the University of Toronto has provided the foundation for the development of a multitude of research and educational initiatives. With an ambitious strategic and clinical services plan in place, and a new 350,000 sq. ft. facility under construction to support the Provincial Forensic Mental Health programs , Waypoint is committed to leading an advanced understanding and commitment to best practices in mental health within the philosophy of recovery, trauma informed care and least restraint and cultural competency.
Opportunities abound at Waypoint for nurses to sharpen their leadership and management skills at any point in their careers. A mentorship and preceptor environment exists where information and expertise are shared with students from Georgian College, York University, and other educational institutions. Nurses are encouraged
to participate in a wide variety of task groups and contribute their own evidence-based proposals.
Mental health education, advocacy and outreach are important components in sustaining hospital-community relations and Waypoint nurses play a crucial role supporting clients in their recovery and returning them to their communities.
Transforming the Provincial Forensic Programs Division
In 2007 the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care committed to rebuild the Provincial Forensic Programs Division facility and this project is well underway with a full occupancy planned for March 2014. The new building will be a state-of-the-art forensic mental health facility providing a secure environment for offenders with mental health disorders, while respecting their dignity and enhancing patient care and services.
Quality Living in the
Georgian Bay Area
Penetanguishene is an ideal place to live, with affordable real estate and a quality standard of life. Recreational activities in this picturesque cottage country include boating, golfing, and hiking the trails of two provincial/national parks during summer months, topped with cross-country skiing in the winter. Without the constraints of urban centers, Penetanguishene offers the best of rural and city living, ultimately remaining a respite that’s only 45 minutes north of Barrie and 90 minutes north of Toronto.