FOSTERING AN EXCELLENT STANDARD OF PRACTICE
In accordance with the BC Health Professions Act, the College has, and continues to advance, quality assurance activities including a Quality Assurance Program (QAP).
The purpose of quality assurance in regulation is to foster and maintain excellence in practice, to help ensure that the public are well-served by a competent and ethical standard care in the health care professions.
A quality assurance framework provides a multi-component approach to encouraging the maintenance of practice knowledge and skills throughout a registrant’s practice career. Effective QAPs usually include:
– standards and guidelines, and related explanatory documents to set benchmarks for the required level of skill and knowledge,
– a similar framework for the required standard of ethical behaviour in practice,
– continuing education requirements to maintain competency and currentness of knowledge and skills,
– monitoring of a registrant’s practice status,
– assessment including self-assessment and peer assessment of a registrant’s practice, and
– a mechanism for intervention in a supportive, remedial manner when monitoring or assessment reveals possible practice shortcomings.
See more about how the College of Podiatric Surgeons addresses its QAP responsibilities.