QA program overview
The quality assurance regulation made under the MRT Act (QA regulation) states that the QA program must have the following components:
- Continuing education or professional development designed to,
- promote continuing competence and continuing quality improvement among the members
- address changes in practice environments, and
- incorporate standards of practice, advances in technology, changes made to entry to practice competencies and other relevant issues at the discretion of the Council
- Self, peer and practice assessments
- A mechanism for the CMRTO to monitor members' participation in and compliance with the program
- The collection, analysis and dissemination of information
The CMRTO QA program is based on the assumption that members come into the CMRTO with appropriate skills and knowledge acquired through approved educational programs and that these initial competencies are maintained through lifelong learning and the expectation of adherence to the standards of practice. The QA program is based on the principles of adult education. This approach allows members to choose activities based on their individual learning needs and style, resources available, and acknowledges that learning comes from engaging in a variety of activities.
The CMRTO QA program includes the following elements:
- Quality Assurance Declaration: completed each year by every member at the time of their annual renewal of registration. Members confirm whether they have complied with the requirements of the QA program and that they understand the requirements of the QA program.
- Quality Assurance Portfolio: completed each calendar year by every member. Includes a self-assessment based on the standards of practice, a QA Profile which describes the member's practice and a method to keep a record of continuing education and professional development activities completed each year. Each member is required to complete and record at least 25 hours of continuing education and professional development activities each year. A member may be requested to submit the QA Portfolio for assessment by the CMRTO Quality Assurance Committee (QA Committee).
- Peer and Practice Assessment by means of a multi-source feedback (MSF) system: completed by individual members selected by the QA Committee in accordance with the QA regulation. This assessment includes a self, peer and co-worker and patient assessment of a member's practice, based on the standards of practice. A report of this assessment is prepared by the QA Committee, a copy of which is provided to the member.
- Peer and Practice Assessment by means of an assessor: completed by individual members selected by the QA Committee in accordance with the QA regulation. This assessment involves a peer assessor interviewing a member regarding specific components of their practice, based on the standards of practice. A report of this assessment is prepared by the assessor, a copy of which is provided to the QA Committee and the member.
Each member of the CMRTO is required to participate in the QA program each year and to co-operate with the QA Committee and any assessor.