Note: This article was originally published in our Summer 2019 edition of our On Call newsletter, and has not been updated
Council approved the Regulatory Performance Measurement Framework to be piloted in 2019-2020.
The Regulatory Performance Measurement Framework was developed after Council approved a new strategic plan in December 2016 that emphasized the College’s commitment to regulatory excellence, openness, and accountability.
In accordance with s. 2.1 of the Health Professions Procedural Code, which is Schedule 2 in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), the College has a duty to ensure, as a matter of public interest, that the people of Ontario have access to adequate numbers of qualified, skilled and competent regulated health professionals. So as the regulator of the midwifery profession, we have important outcomes to achieve, including ensuring that midwives registered with the College possess the relevant knowledge, skills, and behaviours to provide safe, ethical and effective care; and taking action when risks are identified.
The framework describes the outcomes the College is expected to achieve in four broad domains: Regulatory Policy; Suitability to Practise; Openness and Accountability; Good Governance. It comprises a number of performance standards that form the basis of the performance measurement framework.
This process is not legislatively mandated but is a voluntary commitment by the College to evaluate its performance and to demonstrate that it indeed regulates in the public interest.
The framework will be piloted in the 2019-2020 fiscal year and starting in 2020, the College will compare the results of each year’s review with the results from previous years in order to determine how its performance has improved or worsened over time.
You can see a draft of the College’s Performance Measurement Framework in our June Council Meeting Materials.