The Health Regulators for Collaborative Practice is a voluntary group representing six regulatory Colleges whose members work together in practice:
- Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
- Massage Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
The group is dedicated to developing an inter-college approach to practice expectations so that practitioners can meet their respective College’s standards with clarity and confidence, even – and especially – when working in inter-professional settings. The goal is to collaborate on at least one project per year.
The purpose is not to achieve identical standards or create a single standard for seven professions. Rather, the group works to:
- identify similarities and differences
- provide practical advice on how to resolve necessary differences
- remove barriers and facilitate implementation of a collaborative approach at the point of care
We started with record keeping as practitioners tell us this area causes confusion, especially in collaborative practice settings. Many believe there are vast differences among the Colleges’ standards, and yet, as a thorough review showed, this is not the case.
We conducted a line-by-line review and comparison of each College’s expectations for record-keeping, as described in regulations, standards and policies. We identified similarities, discussed differences and devised practical solutions through a process of consensus. Often what looked different on paper was not actually different in practice.
The results have been compiled in a user-friendly format, with the approval of the entire working group.
Results & Benefits
The result of this work is an inter-professional resource that outlines the record keeping expectations of the six Colleges, highlighting similarities and differences, and providing practical help in resolving and accommodating differences that may arise in a collaborative environment.
The work of the Health Regulators for Collaborative Practice has yielded many important benefits, including:
- the creation of an effective model for resolving differences when working in a collaborative practice setting
- user-friendly reference of standards in a critical area of patient care
- better understanding of standards, including those of other Colleges
- a healthy exchange of ideas and learning that extends beyond the project’s subject area
- formation of a peer group with a keen desire to continue collaborating on additional standards
Most importantly we developed a strong understanding of what is the same – and concluded that it was significantly more than anticipated. This holds enormous promise for inter-professional collaboration among regulated health care providers – and by extension, the quality of care provided to their patients.
For more information visit the six regulatory college websites: