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!
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:
- TC001 – Integrated Health Services
- TC004 – Medication Management
- TC006 – Indigenous Health
- TC009 – Primary Health Care
- TC011 – Mental Health and Addictions
- TC012 – Care in the Community and Home
- TC018 – Technology-Enabled Health
- TC023 – Assessment Methodologies
- TC024 – Academic Health Centres and Clinical Research
- TC027 – Communication in Health Services
- TC028 – Palliative and End-of-Life Care
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 http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/155002/1/WHO_HIS_SDS_2015.6_eng.pdf)), and address key policy options, interventions and approaches that align with the framework’s five strategic priorities:
- Engaging and Empowering People and Communities
- Strengthening Governance and Accountability
- Reorienting the Model of Care
- Coordinating Services Within and Across Sectors
- 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.
TC024 – Academic Health Centres and Clinical Research
The Academic Health Centres and Clinical Research Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to delivery of highly specialized care (tertiary and quartenary) and services within an academic health sciences setting that has a formal contract with universities to provide education, such as health professional education and biomedical engineering.
The impact of academic programs and clinical research on organizational structure, processes and delivery of patient care will be addressed. It supports services founded on three missions: (1) providing patients with timely access to highly specialized care; (2) training the next generation of health care providers; and (3) conducting leading-edge research and making it available to clinicians, administrators, policy makers and the public [National Task Force on the Future of Canada’s Academic Health Sciences Centres].
Members could include (but are not limited to): University Presidents, Provosts, Vice-Presidents of Research; Deans of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Health Sciences, and Rehabilitation Sciences or their respective Vice-Deans of Education and Research; Presidents and CEOs of Academic Healthcare Organizations, Provincial/Regional Health Authorities, or community-based institutions; Presidents and CEOs of Health Research Institutes; and Federal, Provincial, and Territorial regulatory bodies.
TC027 – Communication in Health Services
The Communication in Health Services Technical Committee is responsible for standards related to effective, open and clear communication in health services delivery. Communication barriers affect the safety and quality of care that patients receive as well as the ability of the team to provide efficient and cost-effective care.
The Technical Committee will begin immediate work on a standard to address communication in minority language situations, focused on Canada’s two official linguistic minorities (English inside Quebec and French in other areas of Canada), reflective of HSO’s partnership with the Société Santé en Français (SSF).
A language minority is a community that uses a language different from the one spoken by the national majority, for example, the Indigenous peoples of Canada, the Basques of Spain or the German-speaking South Tyroleans.
The standard aims to establish safe, high-quality health services and social services across the continuum of care. It will address the necessary organizational structures and processes required at the governance and leadership levels that support and ensure effective communication. This work will serve as a platform for an international standard for use in communities world-wide.
TC028 – Palliative and End-of-Life Care
The Palliative and End-of-life Care Technical Committee develops standards and assesses leading practices related to care and services that people receive regardless of the healthcare setting. The services address diverse care needs focused on improving quality of life by partnering with people and their families to ensure that both physical and psychosocial needs are met. These services start early in the palliative care journey, not just at the end-of-life, and are commonly delivered by a diverse group of health care professionals, support workers, volunteers, and carers.