Recruitment for Technical Committee members

HSO is looking for people who share our passion for achieving quality health services for all, and who want to co-design standards, identify and assess leading practices.

If you have significant and recent experience accessing health services and care (for yourself or as a carer); are a clinician, frontline care provider or health service administrator; are a researcher, government/regulatory body or health services stakeholder, then we are looking for you!

Apply to join a Standards Technical Committee

Time Commitment – While the Technical Committees will be standing, the length of term for members will be 2-3 years. The time commitment for members will be approximately 7-10 hours per month, which includes pre-reading, teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, etc.

Financial Assistance – Participation on a technical committee is first and foremost a volunteer activity, however financial compensation is available to those patients or family members who can demonstrate hardship due to actual loss of income their participation would incur. Individuals who are supported by their organizations to attend on-site meetings or receiving a pension are not eligible to receive compensation.

We are recruiting people to join the following Technical Committees:

Technical Committees

TC001 – Integrated Heath Services

The Integrated Health Services (IHS) Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to the delivery of health care and services at the macro level, including jurisdictions, ministries and regions, to provide integrated health services within their systems. IHS standards are based on the World Health Organization (WHO) framework on Integrated People-Centered Health Services (World Health Organization. (2015). WHO global Strategy on People-Centered and Integrated Health Services: Interim Report. Retrieved from and address key policy options, interventions and approaches that align with the framework’s five strategic priorities:

  1. Engaging and Empowering People and Communities
  2. Strengthening Governance and Accountability
  3. Reorienting the Model of Care
  4. Coordinating Services Within and Across Sectors
  5. Creating an Enabling Environment

TC004 – Medication Management

The Medication Management Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices that promote a collaborative approach to addressing all aspects of the medication pathway, which includes the patient’s role in medication management. This includes medication management in all health sectors, including community, long-term, ambulatory and acute environments of care. Specific attention will be paid to themes such as opioid management, antimicrobial stewardship and high risk medications.

TC006 – Indigenous Health

The Indigenous Health  Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to health and social services that are provided to Indigenous communities. The standards are based on a holistic model of care and treatment characterized by the integration of physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental components of health and well-being identified in Indigenous traditions and cultures.

TC009 – Primary Health Care

The Primary Health Care (PHC) Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion, population health and community development within a holistic framework, guided by the principles of access, equity, multi-sectoral collaboration, community participation and empowerment (World Health Organization. (1978). Primary Health Care. Retrieved from http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/1978/9241541288_eng.pdf). PHC is provided through a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that recognizes the socio-political, economic and cultural contexts that influence the social determinants of health for individuals, families and communities.

TC011 – Mental Health and Addictions

The Mental Health and Addictions Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to acute care mental health services, community-based mental health services and addictions (substance use and problem gambling). This includes but is not limited to promotion and education, early intervention services, crisis intervention, counselling and therapy, treatment, peer/self-help programs, diversion and court support, and social rehabilitation/recreation. Mental health services are provided in the client’s preferred environment whenever possible and safe, and could include a clinic, community agency, hospital, individual’s or family’s home, school or workplace.

TC012 – Care in the Home and Community

The Care in the Home and Community Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to services that clients of all ages receive within their homes and communities, that support independent living and quality of life. The services received address diverse care needs and are commonly delivered by regulated health care professionals (e.g. nurses, social workers and physiotherapists), unregulated health care professionals (e.g. personal support workers, health care aides, and community development workers), volunteers and carers. (Note that care in the home and community does not include primary care or emergency care services.)

TC018 – Technology-Enabled Health

The Technology-Enabled Health Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices focused on the importance of technology in the delivery of health services through facilitating communication, information transfer and education. Technology in health care is also used to help organizations plan services, make better decisions and run more efficiently through data analytics that address operational challenges like cost structures, clinical quality, workflows, supply chains and risk management. Technologies include telehealth, telemedicine, electronic medical records and electronic health records, and the governance of health information within and across organizations.

TC023 – Assessment Methodologies

The Assessment Methodologies Technical Committee advises on the development of assessment methodologies used in assessment programs. It provides guidance and expertise on the methods used to assess conformance with health standards.

Expertise sought includes:

  • Statistical methods (such as sampling)
  • Evaluation of health service organizations
  • Health systems assessment using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Program evaluation, including expertise in mixed methods such as observation, semi-structured interviews and documentation reviews
  • Expertise in designing program guidelines that could be used to assess performance and issue decisions, etc.

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