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BCSRT Political Advocacy Committee (PAC) – Volunteers Wanted!

The BCSRT is forming a Political Advocacy Committee.

Please see the Terms of Reference below- or link to the PDF version: Terms of Reference – PAC for more information.  If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name and a short paragraph outlining why you would like to join to community.director@bcsrt.com before August 31.

I. PURPOSE

A. Promote the profession of respiratory therapy with the goal of:

1. Educating healthcare leaders and public officials about the skills, knowledge, and value that we currently  provide and new areas we can help.

2. Seek fair wages for respiratory therapists based on their roles, responsibilities, and education.

B. Promote the cardiopulmonary health of BC residents with education and lobbying support.

C. Work in collaboration with the CSRT when able.

D. Understand the operational structure of HSA and BCGEU. Provide guidance and feedback to respiratory therapists wishing to become involved in HSA or BCGEU.

II. COMPOSITION AND OPERATIONS

A. Working Group Membership

Position                                                   Notes
Chair                                                            1 BCSRT member                                                                                            General Representatives                        1 – 2 BCSRT members from each health authority
BCSRT Board Representative               1 BCSRT board member or section chair

B. Quorum and Decision Making

1. Quorum is met if at least half the working group is present. Members may email or text their vote on a topic to a co-chair.
2. Decisions are decided by a vote with a simple majority of the quorum deciding.

C. Term of Service

1. Terms are for two years.
2. Initial formation of PAC will require some staggering of terms of service.

D. BCSRT & PAC Relationship

1. The PAC members are accountable to the BCSRT board of directors
2. PAC members are appointed by the BCSRT board of directors
3. PAC members may be removed by the BCSRT board of directors

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RTs in Action!

June 25, 2019
Dear BC Respiratory Therapists
Re: RTs in Action – NRP & Perinatal Services BC

Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) has a provincial advisory committee for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program that includes a respiratory therapist. The purpose of the committee is to:
• Identify and promote current standards of neonatal resuscitation.
• Provide advice and leadership for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting for the NRP in British Columbia.

Michelle Bailon has been a dedicated representative for respiratory therapy at the NRP advisory committee with PSBC. This July, Michelle is stepping down from her role on the advisory committee and Jasmine Mohan has kindly agreed to step into this role.

For those of you who are not familiar with Jasmine, she started her career as a Respiratory Therapist six years ago at Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). Over the course of her time as an RT at RCH, she has assumed roles such as ICU and NICU core therapist, clinical resource therapist, staff mentor, and NRP instructor. She values that RT’s bring the expertise of ventilation to neonatal resuscitations as this is the most important component of NRP. Jasmine is grateful for the opportunity to care for babies in the same NICU she spent time in as a preemie.

The BCSRT Board of Directors would to thank Michelle and Jasmine for their commitment, passion, and dedication towards excellence in respiratory therapy.

Sincerely,
Zac Hilberry, Director of Member Relations
Tina Hsu, Director of Education
Danielle McDonagh, Director of Community
Sapan Behar, Director of Finance
Alexa McMillian, Director of Student Relations
Mike MacAulay, President

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Impact of Cayton Report on College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Health Professions

PDF version of Letter BCSRT & RTLBC Cayton Report Update 2019-6-3

May 31, 2019
Dear Members of the British Columbia Society of Respiratory Therapy
Re: Impact of Cayton Report on College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Health Professions

Background:
• Going into this spring our remaining steps to completing the regulatory college were:
1. Posting for review of draft College Regulations, these go out for 90 days.
2. After a 90 day review the Ministry collates feedback & will make any change if required (minimal change is expected because of the large number of stakeholders already consulted).
3. Ministry signs off on regulations.
• Our umbrella college, “College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Health Professions” was designated under the amendments to the Designation Regulation as a college over two years ago by the provincial cabinet. Although this was not the final step in implementation of a college, we are inches away.

Current Situation:
• The Provincial government commissioned an inquiry by Harry Cayton into the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the report is now complete and titled “An Inquiry into the performance of Dental Surgeons of BC and the Health Professions Act” https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/practitioner-pro/professional-regulation/cayton-report-college-of-dental-surgeons-2018.pdf. The two main concerns for Respiratory Therapy and our proposed umbrella college from the Cayton report are the recommendations:
1. Section 9.32 – moratorium on new colleges
2. Section 10.21 – no new colleges are formed

Assessment of the Cayton Report:
• Part One of Cayton report discussed the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. Concerns were identified and recommendations for improvement were listed.
• Part Two of Cayton report discusses regulation of all health professions. We are primarily concerned with sections 9.32 and 10.21. We agree with many of the recommendations in Part 2 plus our proposed College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Health Professions already meets some of the most important recommendations:
o 9.27 Regulatory College is separate from our professional society, BCSRT
o 9.59 Increased Transparency (members of public on the college board)
o 10.7 Umbrella College with multiple professions
o 10.8 Single code of ethics for multiple professions
o 10.22 Assessment on risk of harm from occupations. All four professions going into our college were identified as high risk by the Ministry:

• In response to Part Two of the Cayton report, the provincial government has formed a Steering Committee composed of the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, Mr. Norm Letnick, health critic for the official Opposition and Ms. Sonia Furstenau, health critic and house leader for the BC Green Party caucus. The Steering Committee has asked for input from the BCSRT and other stakeholders by June 14th.
o The BCSRT will submit a letter with other professions in the proposed College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Health Professions. We are asking that the completion of our college is not delayed, list parts of the Cayton report that we agree with or already meet, and detail points that make each of our professions high risk.
o The Respiratory Therapy Leaders of British Columbia (RTLBC) will also submit a letter identifying restricted activities we perform and encouraging the quick completion of the College to ensure respiratory care is practiced safely and consistently across British Columbia.
o Some very important healthcare stakeholders have stated they will be submitting a recommendation that our regulatory college not be delayed.
• Although reading recommendations in sections 9.32 and 10.21 seems demoralizing, the Ministry is going to move forward in a way that best protects the patients, especially with high risk professions. The distinguished profile of members on the Steering Committee emphasizes the attention this report has brought to high risk professions and the goal of ensuring consistently competent professionals are performing high risk procedures. We expect the Steering Committee to move fairly quickly on the high risk portions of the Cayton report, recommendations from other portions of the report will probably take longer.

Moving Forward:
• The BCSRT and RTLBC will continue to monitor and share information through the BCSRT website and other social media platforms.
• If you have any questions, please work with your local member of the Respiratory Therapy Leaders of British Columbia or email president@BCSRT.com.

On behalf of the BCSRT and RTLBC,
Mike MacAulay (BCSRT President)
Tracey Miller (RTLBC Chair)

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