Throughout the pandemic response, I have tried in these President’s Messages to highlight just a few of the ways your College has shown itself to be adaptable and demonstrated great resourcefulness in continuing to deliver on our mandate of regulating chiropractic in the public interest. I dare say that the ‘new normal’ of conducting the business of the CCO virtually, is beginning to feel quite normal indeed. It has certainly not slowed CCO down, whether it be the work of the Executive, Council or its many Committees — who, superbly supported by College staff, have driven forward several new initiatives at the same time as maintaining (or in some cases even expanding) upon the important functions of the College in the areas of registration, peer assessments, complaints and investigations, and discipline, among others.
I am not the only one who has noticed this creativity in action. I am pleased to share that in a recent meeting with the Ontario Fairness Commissioner, CCO received very positive feedback about our recent Provisional Certificate of Registration initiative. The Fairness Commissioner is responsible for ensuring registration practices across all Ontario colleges, professional bodies and trade associations are fair, impartial and transparent — just one of the many layers of government oversight and legislative obligation to which CCO is accountable.
As you may recall, the pandemic response forced the cancelation of the spring 2020 sittings of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) examinations and CCO’s Legislation and Ethics Examination, effectively preventing new chiropractic graduates and other applicants from being able to complete the requirements for registration. CCO’s provisional certificate initiative entitled new registrants to practise under the direct supervision of a CCO member until such time as they were able to sit the required exams. Provisionally registering these applicants provided greater public access to chiropractic services and allowed graduates to further develop their competencies under appropriate mentorship and guidance.
CCO congratulates and welcomes a total of 128 new members registered between March 1, 2020 and November 15, 2020, 61% of whom first registered with a provisional certificate of registration and who have now successfully completed their CCEB and legislation and ethics examinations and may now practice without terms, conditions or limitations. Thank you again to those CCO members who agreed to serve as supervisors, and all CCO stakeholders who helped to shape and ultimately reward our leap of faith in making this initiative a success.
As a self-regulating organization committed to continuous improvement, CCO is always looking at ways to enhance our capabilities and strengthen the delivery of our core services and functions. This includes strengthening our individual capabilities.
Serving on CCO Council is a privilege and a responsibility, but one that differs in many respects from serving on the boards of other organizations. Currently, CCO Council members undertake mandatory workshops in Governance, Conflict of Interest, Confidentiality, Chairing Effective Meetings and Discipline Training shortly after joining. Building on these foundations, CCO is developing a suite of 12 training modules for Council members to deepen their understanding of the Chiropractic Act and applicable governance principles, duties owed to CCO, and overarching accountability to the public.
Moreover, CCO is working toward facilitating a competency-based process for Council and committee members. This represents a significant evolution with considerable implications for current CCO by-laws and processes. To advance this aim, CCO Executive and Council will consider all available studies and reports in this area as well as what other Colleges under the Regulated Health Professions Act may be doing, or have done to date.
A comprehensive analysis prepared for Council will examine what initiatives or changes to current practices are required, outline what amendments or changes to CCO by-laws are necessary to authorize this transition and importantly, define a set of core competencies for Council and committee members. More information on this far-reaching initiative will be forthcoming in the months ahead.
Finally, with the ever-increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases currently being reported in Ontario and regulated health professionals continue to provide patient care in Ontario, it is imperative that CCO members remain diligent in their practices and continue to comply with all Government, Public Health and CCO directives to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
All of these resources are available on the CCO website
, which is updated continually. These include:
Be sure to check the website regularly as government orders and directives change rapidly in response to our changing health environment.
As we move into the darker months of winter amid a growing concern for all those affected by Covid-19, it is important not to lose sight of the many positives we have managed throughout this period — both as a College, and as a community of skilled, committed and caring health practitioners. Thank you for your continued efforts to bring quality, ethical care to chiropractic patients in Ontario during this challenging time.
Dr. Dennis Mizel, President