Transparency – What Does it Mean for You as a Physiotherapist?

The College is working to provide the public with information about physiotherapists that is easy to understand, will help them make informed decisions and ultimately improves accountability.

What’s Being Done to Improve Transparency and Access to Information?

In 2013, we teamed up with a working group of health regulators — the Advisory Group of Regulatory Excellence (AGRE) — from nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, physicians and optometry. Together, we are working to determine how we can provide more information about Ontario’s regulated health care professionals, our decisions and our processes.

AGRE’s first job was to develop a set of transparency principles to guide discussions about making more information publicly available.

At our Council meetings in December 2014 and March 2015, new by-laws to post additional information on the Public Register were approved. These decisions followed an extensive external consultation with PTs and other stakeholders.

The new information that will be posted on the Public Register starting July 1, 2015 includes:

  • Criminal Convictions –  all Criminal Code and Health Insurance Act convictions, known to the College. Information will include the finding, the sentence, if it is under appeal, a notation indicating this and the dates of this information if the College knows it. This information would be removed upon request if an appeal is successful or the member is pardoned

  • Bail Conditions – information about the bail condition will be posted on the Public Register if the College knows about these conditions and they have been determined to be relevant to a physiotherapist's ability to practice.  

  • Criminal Charges  all Criminal Code and Health Insurance Act charges, known to the College. Information will include the fact and content of the charge and the place and date of the charge, if known. 

  • Cautions – a summary of any decision where a caution is ordered by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for investigations. A caution is ordered when the Committee has a significant concern about conduct or practice that can have a direct impact on patient care, safety or the public interest if it is not addressed.

  • Undertakings – if educational or remediation needs for a physiotherapist are identified by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, the physiotherapist will be given the option to voluntarily agree to undertake some additional learning or remediation. This might include taking educational courses (e.g., record keeping, ethics or communications) or one-on-one instruction. There may also be a reassessment component to make certain that remediation was successful.

  • Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (SCERPs) – if educational or remediation needs for a physiotherapist are identified by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, a PT may be required to take a specified continuing education or remediation program (SCERP). This might include taking educational courses (e.g., record keeping, ethics or communications) or one-on-one instruction. There may also be a reassessment component to make certain that remediation was successful.

  • Professional misconduct or incompetence findings in other jurisdictions or professions – information about the fact of the finding, the date of the finding, and the name of the governing body that made the finding will be posted on the Public Register if known.

  • Licenses/or registration in other jurisdictions the College will post current licenses and certificates of registration held in other jurisdictions when the College is aware. As well, information about registration with other regulated professions will appear. 

  • Use of support personnel  if a physiotherapist has declared that they work with support personnel this fact will appear on the Public Register. 

 

Timeline of New Information Added to the CPO Public Register

Starting on and after July 1, 2015

  • Notice of Hearings – (as of December 2014) 
  • Hearing Status - (as of  December 2014) 
  • Criminal Convictions - (as of July 1, 2015)
  • Bail Conditions - (as of July 1, 2015)
  • Criminal Charges - (as of July 1, 2015)
  • Cautions - (for complaints initiated on or after July 1, 2015)
  • SCERPs - (Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program) (for complaints initiated on or after July 1, 2015)
  • Undertakings - (for complaints initiated on or after July 1, 2015)
  • Licenses/Registration and Discipline Findings in Other Jurisdictions & Professions - (as of July 1, 2015)
    Contact Registration at registration@collegept.org for more details. 
  • Use of Support Personnel - (as of July 1, 2015) - Contact Registration at registration@collegept.org for more details.