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Quality Assurance Program Updates

April 5, 2018

Note: This article was originally posted in our April 2018 newsletter, and has not been updated.

We’re making some changes to our Quality Assurance Program, and have updates to Fetal Health Surveillance, a new Self-Assessment Questionnaire and are looking for focus group participants.

Self-assessment Questionnaire

This year all members registered in the general or supervised class must complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) and submit a declaration of completion as part of your Quality Assurance Program (deadline October 1, 2018).

The SAQ is designed for members to reflect on their knowledge and practice and can be accessed through the member portal. More information about the SAQ can be found on our website here.

Quality Assurance Program Focus Groups

The College of Midwives will be holding focus groups and is looking for midwives who are willing to participate. The focus groups will be used to generate information about the knowledge and skills required to be a midwife and the data generated will help in the development of new peer and practice assessment tools.

We will be holding two different focus groups, one for practicing midwives, and one for academic faculty and staff. You can read below to find out what we are looking for in each group. The focus groups will be held in person, with an option for midwives outside of the GTA to participate remotely. Each focus group will be approximately two hours in length.

Midwives who are willing to participate in these upcoming focus groups should email qap@cmo.on.ca with your name, the community of practice, which focus group you’re interested in participating in, your contact number, and any other pieces of information you think we should have. We will review all messages received, and be in touch about next steps.

Fetal Health Surveillance

In 2015, the policy on fetal health surveillance (FHS) was implemented. This policy requires that all members registered in the general or supervised class must complete an FHS activity every 3 years as part of the Quality Assurance Program (QAP). You can read the policy here.

Members who reported an FHS activity in the 2015/16 or 2016/17 QAP reporting year have completed this requirement. Members who have not yet reported  a college approved FHS activity must do so by October 1, 2018.

College approved FHS activities are:

  1. An Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Intermediate or Advanced Fetal Monitoring course
  2. The Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance, produced by the Canadian Perinatal Programs Coalition. There are 2 options for completing and reporting on the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance:

a) attend the course and upload proof of completion in the Continuing Education and Professional Development section of the member portal or

b) complete the on-line modules and indicate that you have completed the modules in the Continuing Education and Professional Development section of the member portal

Members who do not report completion of an FHS activity in the past 3 years will be marked non-compliant with the Quality Assurance Program.