Council and staff engaged in a strategic planning exercise to identify the Collegeâ€™s priorities for 2015-2018. Over 400 kinesiologists and stakeholders completed an online survey to share their thoughts on what our priorities should be, and nearly 30 individual interviews were conducted. Three goals were developed to guide our work over the next three years, and the full strategic plan can be viewed here.
Several by-law changes were proposed that would allow the College to make available more information about kinesiologists to the public. After extensive consultation and discussion, Council approved the posting of the following additional information about kinesiologists to the Public Register:
- All findings of guilt made under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, 1996
- All charges made under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, 1996
- Any restrictions that may limit a kinesiologistâ€™s ability to practise (i.e. bail conditions)
- Any findings of incapacity, incompetence or professional misconduct from another regulated profession in any jurisdiction
- More information about a referral to discipline and the status of the hearing
- Outcomes from the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, including:
- When a kinesiologist is required to appear before the Committee to be cautioned (cautions-in-person)
- If a kinesiologist is directed to complete a specified continuing education and remediation program (SCERP)
These by-law changes take effect in summer 2016.
The College submitted a regulation asking the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to exempt a kinesiologist's treatment of their spouse from the definition of sexual abuse in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Currently, kinesiologists are not permitted to treat their spouses; doing so is considered sexual abuse.
In an effort to strengthen patient/client safety and the quality of health services, the College worked with a number of other health profession regulators to explore the possibility of clinic regulation in Ontario. The working group considered potential models and sought feedback on its proposed model through a dedicated website, town halls and individual college efforts. Council reviewed a report on the working groupâ€™s findings during the consultation, and approved its submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
The College circulated for comment a draft Specialties Assessment Framework, which proposes how the College will address requests for authorization of a specialty title from College members. Over 100 people completed an online survey to share their thoughts on the process.
The grandparenting period ended on April 1, 2016. This special route of entry allowed experienced practitioners of kinesiology to register with the College in the 36 months following the College's proclamation, without having to write the exam.
College staff continued to advance inter-professional collaboration through participation at the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario (FHRCO). College staff participates on FHRCOâ€™s Executive, Communications, and Investigations and Hearings committees. Other staff members are active participants in a quality assurance working group open to all profession regulators.