Updates from the College regarding changes to practice and other pertinent information.

CME and Program Audits

Posted May 30, 2019

A statutory mandate of the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP) is to assure the public of the competence of our members. This is achieved, in part, by setting standards for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and programs offered by outside organizations or by employers. SCoP monitors these programs to ensure members meet the standards. CME credits are required of each member on an annual basis in order to be eligible for licence renewal.

The College works closely with agencies to enable the delivery of approved CME courses to our members. Where an agency undertakes to provide CME opportunities or programs for staff, the agency seeks approval from the College via the CME Course Approval form. The CME Course Approval form can be completed by a representative from any agency requesting CME credit for in-house training, or an individual requesting CME credits for any seminars, conferences, or courses offered by external groups.

SCoP has a policy requiring regular audits of approved agency CME programs. In developing this policy, the following key factors were considered:

CME Improvement

A major focus of the audit process is to raise the quality of our members practice by ensuring a high quality of CME programming for our members. The audit process allows SCoP to share best practices with agencies to help them improve their CME programs.

Accountability to the Public

SCoP is accountable to the public for ensuring that members are competent. An audit of CME activity helps the College demonstrate that members are updating their skills and knowledge in meaningful ways on an annual basis.

Quality Assurance

An audit process enables SCoP to test the quality of the CME program in the province. An audit allows the College to assess whether the programs delivered are the programs which were approved, and the CME credits awarded are verifiable.

The Agency Audit Process

The CME audit is a process to assist agencies to improve their programs by verifying that the CME courses or program meets the standards and conforms to the policies of the College. The standards used for the audit are derived from SCoP Policies and Bylaws. The criteria for the audit are drawn from the agency CME Approval Form. The findings of the audit are based on the evidence which the agency provides to the audit team regarding each of the criteria. In essence, the College is asking the agency, “Did you deliver the program that was approved, and are the CME credits which you awarded to our members verifiable?”

The audits are completed by at least two members which may include a College staff member. They will conduct a review of the agency program records and participant records to compare them with the approved program, and with the CME Reporting Forms submitted for a sample of members. The team may interview the educator at the agency and tour the agency facilities.

The agency will receive a copy of the report within 30 days following the audit. The agency will be required to sign indicating receipt of the report.

 

Professional Liability Insurance

Posted January 18, 2019

Professional liability insurance for paramedics is becoming a topic of interest in part due to recent high profile cases of professional misconduct in other parts of Canada. Facing the prospect of losing the ability to work in the profession, being sued by patients and their families, and even jail time, paramedics across the country should be thinking about how they’ll manage in the event that their professional conduct comes into question. 

Common misconceptions about liability insurance may be preventing some from considering this type of financial protection. Not all employers cover their employees in all situations, and there may be exclusions that you don’t know about. Are you covered when volunteering as a paramedic? Providing care off duty? Are you covered when subject to disciplinary actions from us, your regulatory body? 

The following article is written by Mike Hordichuk, CIP, CRM, Harvard Western Insurance. If you would like to inquire about this coverage, there is more information in the article: 

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Update for Renewal 2020 (next year)

Posted November 29, 2018

The Education Committee, in conjunction with the Member Wellness Committee, recognizes the need for increased awareness and support for those suffering from mental health illnesses. Our profession is considered high risk for developing mental health illnesses.

Effective for the 2020 licence renewal period, all members will be required to have a minimum of 5 credits of their total 20 CME credits relating to mental health. This can be mental health conditions, treatments, or supports.

The desire is to help reduce the stigma around mental health while increasing education.

 

Orders from Nurse Practitioners

Posted July 18, 2018

The College has had several conversations recently as to whether paramedics can follow orders from nurse practitioners or if this was limited to physicians only. There are no provisions within The Paramedics Act or Bylaws that prohibit licensed members from following the orders of a nurse practitioner. Discussions between the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association and SCoP have determined that there are no barriers to paramedics following nurse practitioner orders, nor are there any limitations on the health care settings in which this may occur.

Paramedics do not have a delegation of authority, so any orders must be within the paramedic’s current scope of practice and any order delivered by a nurse practitioner would have to be within their scope of practice as well.

Vent Needs Assessment for ACPs

Posted June 2, 2018

The Paramedic Practice Committee (PPC) is investigating the need of Advanced Care Paramedics to maintain a ventilator on a chronically ventilated, stable patient.

A form has been developed to track how often ventilated patients are encountered. This form should be completed each time an ACP encounters a ventilated patient during an interfacility transfer. The form should then be returned to Jen Williams.

This information will be used for the PPC in their decision of whether to include this into the ACP scope of practice. This does not permit ACPs to transport ventilators. 

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