College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia

 

COTBC Newsletter

December 2021
Winter Issue

 

Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings

 

The Board and College Staff wish all registrants happiness and health during the holiday season and into 2022. In a year filled with challenges, we are appreciative of registrants continuing to work hard as they adapt to changing environments.

 

Please note our office closes on December 23 at 4:00 pm and reopens on January 4 at 8:00 am.

Public Input on Informed Consent

Public Input on Informed Consent

 

At a recent BC Public Advisory Network meeting, staff from nine different Colleges met with members of the public to discuss the topic of informed consent. While registrants must meet their College’s Practice Standards that set out the requirements for obtaining informed consent, it was helpful to hear the client’s unique perspective. Public advisors were asked what they expect from health care professionals when it comes to informed consent. We share highlights on our website.

Practicing Across Jurisdictions

Practicing Across Jurisdictions

 

Are you considering providing virtual services for occupational therapy clients located in other provinces? Are you aware of OTs in other provinces who are interested in providing virtual occupational therapy services here in British Columbia?

 

To help answer your questions, we’ve created a new webpage: Practice Across Jurisdictions. You’ll learn more about registration requirements if you are exploring additional work across the provinces or outside of Canada. Still have questions after reviewing the page? Reach out to the COTBC Registration Team at registration@cotbc.org.

Managing your Registration Profile

Managing your Registration Profile

 

Did you know that you can log in to your Registrant Profile even when it’s not registration renewal season? After logging in, you can update contact information and employment details, as well as download a copy of your tax receipt and registration permit.

Taking Care of Yourself This Time of Year

Taking Care of Yourself This Time of Year

 

For many people, the winter season can be a time of joy and celebration. For others, less daylight hours and the demands of the holidays can leave them feeling tired, lonely, overwhelmed, or irritable. At the College, we recognize these are extraordinary times and that people may be struggling. We share some thoughts on taking care of yourself on our website.

Board Election Results 2021

Board Election Results 2021

 

Thank you to the four occupational therapists who allowed their names to stand for election to the Board of Directors. We also thank all the occupational therapists who voted in the recent election. We list our new and returning Board members on our website.

Registrants Invited to Review New Competencies

Registrants Invited to Review New Competencies

 

The College is pleased to announce the release of the Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada, a single set of competencies that clarifies occupational therapy as a profession in Canada to advance safe, effective, and ethical patient care.

Implementing the new competencies will take time. A timeline for rollout over the next year is being established. Find out what BC-registered OTs should know about this important milestone.

Registrants Receive Access to COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Program

Registrants Receive Access to COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Program

 

Registrants, please look for an email from the College sent on December 16, 2021. The email includes important information regarding BC's COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Program, including eligibility information and instructions for how to self-identify as a health care worker in the Get Vaccinated online system. Some registrants may have already received information about the booster program from their employers.

Registrants Invited to Review New Competencies

One-Year Anniversary of In Plain Sight Report

 

November 30 marked the first anniversary of the report on Indigenous-specific racism in BC's health-care system In Plain Sight, an independent review led by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

 

On that day, Turpel-Lafond released a statement on progress to date. We encourage occupational therapists to read the original In Plain Sight report as well as her recent statement. COTBC remains committed to taking action to address the report's recommendations.

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