Quality Assurance Programs
The Quality Assurance Committee is a Committee of the CCBC Board established pursuant to the Health Professions Act (the Act) s. 16 and 19; Bylaws s. 18. It’s mandate is to ensure that registrants are clinically competent to practice and to promote high practice standards.
Among the responsibilities of the Quality Assurance Committee are:
- reviewing the standards of practice to enhance the quality of practice and to reduce incompetent, impaired or unethical practice among registrants,
- administering a quality assurance program to promote high standards of practice among registrants,
- assessing the clinical ability of registrants,
- recommending courses to the board for approval under section 57,
- collecting information from registrants in furtherance of the objects of Bylaws s. 18,
- establishing remedial procedures to assist registrants in identifying and correcting deficiencies in their clinical abilities or places of practice,
Outlines of the various programs are covered below.
Further to our mandate to serve and protect the public, the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia (CCBC) Bylaws require all full registrants to obtain Standard First Aid with CPR-C certification by April 30, 2017. Registrants will also be required to maintain this certification while registered as full with the CCBC. This change will not only strengthen the core competency of practicing registrants, it also aligns with the public’s expectation that regulated health care providers are equipped to handle basic health emergencies.
The Quality Assurance Committee has specified the following Standard First Aid with CPR C certifications as acceptable to fulfill this requirement:
- Heart and Stroke Foundation – Standard First Aid CPR and AED Level C
- Canadian Red Cross – Standard First Aid & CPR
- St. John Ambulance – Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED
- Lifesaving Society (note: 2-year certification) – Standard First Aid (with CPR)
- Canadian Ski Patrol – As part of membership requirements to CSP
Registrants are able to take courses for certification with any of the named providers, including courses that exceed the minimum requirements such as the Standard First Aid with CPR-HCP offered through St. John Ambulance which is a course developed specifically for Health Care Professionals.
The PSR process is conducted with a checklist inspection form and requires registrants to closely examine their practice to ensure they are meeting the standards set out by the College. During this process, the registrant submits examples of their patient files with identifying information removed. The CCBC will review for things such as:
- Accurate and complete patient history
- Physical exam
- Neurological/orthopedic tests
- Treatment plan
- Informed consent form
A complete review of the standards is outlined in the Health Professions Act, the CCBC Bylaws (section 72, 73, 74) and the CCBC’s Professional Conduct Handbook (part 2 and Appendix C). The forms must be properly completed and returned to the CCBC office within 30 days of receipt.
Upon receipt by the Quality Assurance Committee, the Practice Self-Review will be assessed by the Deputy Registrar and becomes part of the registrant’s permanent CCBC record.
The QAC has the ability to mandate courses or request the resubmission of the PSR by an individual Chiropractic Doctor in six (6) months if the QAC finds areas that require improvement.
The PSR process is the primary, supportive tool through which the CCBC and each registrant together ensure that chiropractic in BC meets the standards expected and required of the profession.