Enhancing how we support good medical care

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Are You Up to Standard?, CPSA, Messenger

A major review is underway to improve our standards of practice

Standards of practice (SoP) are one of the most important tools available to regulators to help guide the profession. The CPSA Standards of Practice, along with the CPSA Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics, outline the minimum standards of professional behaviour and ethical conduct expected of all physicians registered in Alberta.

Eight years of experience with the SoP under the Health Professions Act and feedback from the profession suggest there are opportunities for improvement—in how the standards are developed and used, and in how we consult with regulated members and the public.

Building a better tool

Gathering feedback on the consultation process and using it to enhance our most recent consultation was a step toward increasing physician and public involvement in developing and applying the standards.

A systematic internal-external review has also been underway and is now concluding. The goal is to develop and adopt best practices so the SoP can truly become a tool to promote regulatory excellence that is both useful and meaningful, to regulated members and to the public.

Field Law LLC will deliver a report on the review shortly, providing guidance on the process used to develop the SoP, physician and public involvement, the general structure of SoP and the ongoing renewal process. As well as general recommendations, the report will offer suggestions on specific SoP.

We will share more information on the report recommendations and how they will be implemented in upcoming issues of The Messenger.