Mandatory Training, Upcoming CCP Info Sessions, & ACOT Response to Nov. 24 Public Health Measures

Reminder – Mandatory Training

This is a reminder to complete the mandatory training on prevention of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, which must be completed by all registrants by the end of February 2021. This will be a condition for practice permit renewal. The modules are free to view and can be found here: Refer to the January 16 & January 17 eNews’ for more information on how to record completion of these modules in your Continuing Competence Program (CCP) Learning Plan.

Reminder – Upcoming CCP Information Sessions

Are you new to ACOT this year? Or perhaps you’ve not logged in to update your 2020-2021 CCP Learning Plan lately? We invite you to join one of the information sessions ACOT is offering as a refresher on what you are expected to include in your CCP Learning Plan. Given that the goals you set back during renewal earlier this year may no longer be applicable due to the pandemic, the sessions will also review how to edit your Learning Plan goals to align with any changes in your practice.

Click here for a listing of the sessions – there is no need to pre-register, just click on the link for the date/time that works for your schedule and you are good to go. Each session will be open 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time if you would like to login early to say hello or get your questions in the queue.

Can’t make it to one of the sessions?  No problem – there are several resources available to help you complete the CCP components according to the CCP Review and Evaluation Rubric criteria, they can be accessed from the CCP Resources page in the Continuing Competence tab of the ACOT website.

ACOT Response to November 24 Public Health Measures

We have been fielding inquiries about whether ACOT will be amending our COVID Guideline based on the declaration of a public health emergency or the enhanced public health measures outlined by the Premier and Minster of Health on November 24, 2020. The short answer is NO –  health professionals are still permitted to deliver health services as long as they follow the guidelines developed by their regulatory body.

Note that the ACOT COVID Guideline is applicable to OTs (and staff they employ/support personnel they supervise) who are self-employed or whose employer’s guidance does not meet or exceed what is outlined in the COVID Guideline. Most of the large employers of OTs (e.g. AHS, Covenant, any of the providers of long-term care in the province) have guidelines in place that meet or exceed what ACOT has outlined. OTs working for these employers are encouraged to follow up with their supervisor/manager or clinical/professional practice lead with any concerns, including questions about how the provincial “employers to allow working from home (where possible)” measure might be handled in your work setting. ACOT does not have the authority/mandate to make work-from-home recommendations or decisions on an employer’s behalf.

The current version of the Guideline has some minor edits for clarification – click here for the latest iteration.

Thank you to all OTs who are continuing to keep themselves, their clients and colleagues safe during the pandemic.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about today’s update.