January 17, 2022

Several revised practice standards and professional guidelines published

The College has recently updated several practice standards and professional guidelines:

  • Primary Care Provision in Walk-in, Urgent Care and Multi-registrant Clinics practice standard: removed the qualifier “repeatedly and consistently” when referencing patients who can be assumed to be receiving their primary care from a walk-in, urgent care and multi-registrant clinic (as patients who do not identify a family physician or nurse practitioner as being most responsible for their care, but who attend a clinic can expect to receive their primary care from that clinic) and clarified that the role of the medical director does not include a responsibility for compliance with Bylaws and professional standards of the College as this is a shared responsibility of the medical director and every registrant working at a clinic. 
  • Medical Assistance in Dying practice standard: removed the principle “ensure that the request for MAiD is made in writing before an independent witness” from the eligibility assessment section to the prescribing section to align with the Criminal Code (note: this requirement is already captured in the Prescribing MAiD section (see d.). 
  • Prescribing Practices Countersigning Prescription and Internet Prescribing professional guideline: added an acknowledgement that in addition to a face-to-face encounter, an appropriate virtual encounter with the patient may occur.
  • Referral-Consultation Process professional guideline: added a sentence requiring the referring registrant to include the name (if applicable) and the contact information of the clinic, facility or practice setting where the referring registrant has seen the patient in case direct follow-up is required.

Questions regarding the updated practice standards may be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.