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Chiropody & Podiatry

The Minister's Question

On June 28, 2007, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care directed the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to "review issues relating to the regulation of chiropody and podiatry and provide advice as to whether and how there should be changes to existing legislation regarding these related professions". The Minister asked that the Council include "an analysis of the current model of foot care in Ontario, issues regarding restricted titles, and whether the existing limitations on the podiatrist class of members should continue." 

Update

The Minister asked that HPRAC's work on this project commence no later than January 1, 2014.

HPRAC's Approach

When a referral is received from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, HPRAC determines relevant public interest concerns and questions. HPRAC attempts to understand all perspectives on an issue including those of key health care practitioners, other affected health care professionals, clients and patients, advocates and regulators.  Each issue proceeds through a multi-stage process where information and responses are requested from and shared with stakeholders. HPRAC will conduct research reviews, and engage in key informant interviews.  Its analysis of the issues will lead to a determination of additional information required, and the appropriate process to be used.  

The Minister's referral question is multi-pronged and will be addressed in stages. An initial consultation session was recently held on the current model of foot care in Ontario. 

A second consultation session has now commenced to address the other aspects of the Minister's referral.

Timelines

The following table includes the anticipated timeline for this referral:

Activity

Timeline

Status

Preliminary Research and Analysis by HPRAC

January 2014 - July 2014

Complete

Initial Consultation - Model of Foot Care in Ontario

April 2014 - July 2014

Complete

Completion of Proposal by Applicant

August 2014 - November 2014

Complete

Second Consultation - Other Aspects of the Minister's Referral

December 2014 - March 2015

In progress

Data Analysis/Validation, Recommendation Development & Submission of Report to the Minister

March 2015 - July 2015

Pending

 Please note that these are tentative timelines. The timelines may be changed without prior notice.

Proposal for a Change in Scope of Practice for Chiropody and Podiatry

HPRAC invited the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (the Applicant) to complete an application for a scope of practice review and respond to additional questions relating to the regulation of chiropody and podiatry in Ontario. HPRAC provided the Applicant with an information package consisting of:

In response, the Applicant provided this submission seeking changes to the regulation of chiropody and podiatry in Ontario.

Commenting on the Issue

Many organisations and individuals have extensive or related experience and interest in health care, health professions regulation, and the public interest. HPRAC is keen to ensure that this experience and interest are fully reflected in its recommendation-making process. 

Public consultation on the regulation of chiropody & podiatry opened December 18, 2014 and closed March 20, 2015. Submissions were made to HPRAC through an online survey portal; or by submitting the survey to HPRAC through other means.  

Ongoing Stakeholder Participation

To ensure transparency, the stakeholder comments HPRAC receives are posted according to access to information guidelines (for guidelines, visit http://www.hprac.org/en/privacy.asp).

Consultation submissions on the regulation of chiropody & podiatry will be posted soon after the consultation period closes on March 20, 2015. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on any of the stakeholder comments.

Submissions Received During the First Consultation Session (Online & Feedback Forms)

An initial public consultation session, on the model of foot care in Ontario, opened April 4, 2014 and closed on July 4, 2014. 

Stakeholder Feedback, Part I reports on surveys submitted online.

Stakeholder Feedback, Part II(a) & Stakeholder Feedback, Part II(b) report on other submissions.

Next Steps

Upon conclusion of stakeholder consultations, HPRAC will carefully consider all evidence gathered to develop recommendations. Your feedback helps HPRAC assess the proposal and determine the issues the Advisory Council should consider throughout the review process, and informs recommendation development.

HPRAC will submit its recommendations on the regulation of chiropody and podiatry in a confidential report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. All HPRAC reports to the Minister remain confidential until released by the Minister. Please note that, as per the RHPA, HPRAC recommendations are advisory only. The minister is not bound to accept HPRAC's advice. The release of an HPRAC report and any follow-up action are at the discretion of the Minister. Should the Minister choose to accept HPRAC's advice, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is responsible for implementation of HPRAC recommendations. 

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