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Making Regulatory Connections
Your regulatory newsletter from the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals (NLCHP)
  1. Welcome to Our New Council Member

  2. Annual General Meeting

  3. Update on 2019 Quality Assurance Continuing Education Audit

  4. Regulatory Issue Highlighted - Practicing without a valid registration

  5. NLCHP Policies 

  6. Registration Reminders

  7. Upcoming Registration Renewals

  8. Update on Online Registration Database

  9. Resources For Practice

Welcome to Our New Council Member 

 

NLCHP welcomes Ms. Jeanie Bavis to the Council. Jeanie is the new Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists (NLCDH).  Jeanie is replacing Dan Mercer. We would like to thank Dan for his time and effort as a Council Member and for his valuable input to the Council and its committees.


NLCHP Council Members:

Colin Power: NLCHP Council Chair

 

Ethne Munden and Kenny Clarke - College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador

Chris Murphy and Judy Davidson - College of Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologists Newfoundland and Labrador 

Jeanine Bavis and Patty Murphy - Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists Inc

Cheryl Bailey - Newfoundland and Labrador College of Respiratory Therapists    

Lisa Napier and Colin Power - Newfoundland and Labrador College of Medical Laboratory Sciences  

Cara Begg-Reid - College of Midwives Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Public Representatives: 
Gladys Dunne, Elizabeth Whitten, Douglas Wright, Joshua Fisher, William Jeffery, and Debbie Brake-Patten.

Staff: 
CEO/Registrar: Alice Kennedy
Deputy Registrar: Janine O'Malley
Administrative Assistant: Lori Newhook

 

Annual General Meeting


NLCHP held its Annual General Meeting and Council Meeting on September 11, 2019.  An electronic copy of the annual report is available here: http://www.nlchp.ca/file/5d7a42a79630cFINAL%20Annual%20Report%20with%20College%20Reports%20(For%20Website).pdf

Colin Power (MLT) was re-elected as Council Chair and Elizabeth Whitten (Public Representative) was re-elected as Treasurer/Secretary.

If you have any questions or feedback on the Annual Report, please contact the NLCHP staff.

Update on 2019 Quality Assurance (QA) Continuing Education Audit


The total number of registrants included in the 2019 QA audit period was 122. All but one registrant submitted their portfolios within the required time frames (30 days). Over 97 per cent of registrants audited successfully met the College criteria for continuing education and professional development for the 2018 licensure year.
 

Regulatory Issue Highlighted - Practicing without a valid registration


In recent months, NLCHP has seen an increase the the number of individuals practicing without a valid registration. As a registered health professional, it is your responsibility that you have an active registration in order to practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Practicing without a valid registration is a violation of the Health Professions Act (2010) and penalties will be imposed. Individuals who practice without a valid practicing license will be subject to a penalty ($100/per day worked with no maximum) and where the period of practice exceeds 3 days from and including the 1st day will be subject to discipline in accordance with Part V of the Health Professions Act 2010.

Members returning to practice following a period of leave (e.g. maternity leave) must also ensure they obtain a practicing license prior to returning to work – this includes any orientation.

 

NLCHP Policies


Please visit NLCHP’s website at www.nlchp.ca and go to the Member's tab to view Policies Council has approved. 

Feature Policy - Change of Status During the Registration Year

Did you know?

NLCHP Council recently approved a separate policy entitled Change of Status During the Registration Year. Change of status was previously part of the Registration Categories and Requirements Policy. Registrants who wish to Change their registration status during the registration year must complete a Change of Status Request Form.

Effective January 1, 2020, registrants who do not wish to renew their registration must notify NLCHP to change their registration status from an active registration renewal category (e.g. general status or non-practicing) to inactive status and must also complete a Change of Status Request form. Inactive registrants who renew their registration within three months of changing their registration status and who meet the requirements for registration, will be registered using the registration renewal process. After three months of inactive status, registrants will be required to meet initial registration requirements to change to an active registration category including providing a new criminal record and vulnerable sector check and paying a lapsed membership fee of $60.

Registrants who fail to apply to the NLCHP for a change in status and do not renew their registration before the deadline will be required to re-apply for registration. These individuals will be required to meet initial registration requirements including providing a new criminal record and vulnerable sector check and paying a lapsed membership fee of $60.

 

 

Registration Reminders


It can take up to four to six weeks to process a completed registration application. An application is considered complete once all required documentation has been received and verified. If any information is missing or incomplete, the expected timeline may be lengthened.

Registrants are asked to ensure that the contact information they provide is always accurate. Each Health Professional Regulations state that a registered health professional shall notify the NLCHP of a change in his or her mailing address or employer information The NLCHP uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, audit notices, and other regulatory information. If the email address on file is incorrect, important information may be missed.

Additionally, registrants are reminded to check their email on a regular basis so that important notices do not go unread.

Upcoming Registration Renewals 


Registration for Dental Hygienists begins on October 1st, 2019. Complete applications must be submitted by November 1st, 2019 in order to avoid a late fee. Please pay particular attention to your reduced fees and note that this registration only covers the period of December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. You will be required to utilize the online database for your April 1, 2020. More information will follow on this process.
 
Registration for Medical Laboratory Technologists begins on November 1, 2019. Complete applications must be submitted by December 1, 2019 in order to avoid a late fee. Please pay particular attention to your reduced fees and note that this registration only covers the period of January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. You will be required to utilize the online database for your April 1, 2020. More information will follow on this process.

 

Update on Online Registration Database 


NLCHP continues to work toward moving to an online database! With implementation of this new database all health professional groups will move to a common registration date of April 1st for the 2020 licensure year.

What are the benefits of the online system?
  • Renew your license online – no more paper forms! This includes the ability to upload required documentation for renewal.
  • Comprehensive Continuing Education management system for registrants. You can track your CE requirements and upload proof of completion.
  • Change your name, address, and contact information online.
  • Receive email reminders and alerts for important deadlines and renewals.
  • Print copies of registration payment receipts.

 
Please stay tuned for more information about the online registration system and our new website in the weeks to come.

Resources for your Practice


Appropriate Use of HEALTHe NL
HEALTHe NL is Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial electronic health record. Every day, clinicians across the province use this digital health tool to help manage patient care.
 
As part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information’s commitment to privacy awareness, a quick-guide to the Appropriate Use of HEALTHe NL has been developed.
 
To download a pdf version of this document, click here.
 
For clinicians interested in accessing HEALTHe NL please email service@nlchi.nl.ca or visit www.nlchi.nl.ca


Other Resources
  • Do you have a question on Scope of Practice for your health professional group? If so, connect with your College.
  • Do you have a question on the requirements for your CE/PDs? If so visit your Colleges web page for additional information.
  • Do you have a question on your registration/license? Do you have feedback on the newsletter? If so, connect with NLCHP staff at contact@nlchp.ca or visit our web at www.nlchp.ca

This regulatory e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance your practice. As it is published and circulated to all registrants, it is the expectation of the NLCHP that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein. Registrants are reminded not to unsubscribe to this email as it contains important regulatory information that is relevant to your profession.

 

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