I haven’t found many talking online about the new upgrade for PCPs in Saskatchewan, aside from The Pulse (SCOPs newsletter). So here is what I have gathered thus far (a lovely combination of heresy and research).
1. For some, the upgrade has already begun. The first class to be educated to the new PCP standards started at the end of August at SIAST (I think). It is being incorporated into the new classes of PCP students. The institute hasn’t posted the course outline online. In fact, no one I know personally has seen it yet.
2. My company is officially on the bandwagon. My colleagues and I are registered to begin probably sometime this October (start date still TBD?). It’s being offered to current practitioners for free. Not to mention, if PCPs opt NOT to take the course by June 2019, they will be downgraded to EMR status (along with EMTs who have also not completed the earlier PCP bridge).
3. For my colleagues and I there will be 4 days of labs in Regina, some kind of home study (module based), along with a practicum that can be completed at work supervised by appropriate mentors.
4. The really exciting part… the upgrade will include what are currently considered EMT-A (ICP) skills and more! The list includes: IV insertion, Ventolin, Atrovent, D50W, Narcan, Benzodiozapiens, Intra nasal admin, staple and suture removal. I don’t know if these will be online directed acts or not. I also don’t know if currently online PCP practices will become offline to mirror EMT-A practice.
5. The less exciting part- no peeps have been heard from the union proposing a pay increase to match the new responsibilities. (In fact they aren’t done bargaining for 2013).
6. EMT-As (ICPs) will be phased out and will be required to upgrade themselves in regards to Narcan admin. No one will ever take an ICP course in Saskatchewan again.
7. The obligatory upgrade is an attempt to comply with seven critical categories of the 2011 NOCP standards as identified by SCOPs education committee. See here…. http://www.collegeofparamedics.sk.ca/docs/resources/The%20Pulse%20Mar%202013_FINAL.pdf
8. Saskatchewan medics will be able to move more fluently between provinces. (Hellooooo Alberta! *waves happily*)
9. The training is also meant to assist PCPs in playing a role in the new collaborative emergency centers which the government has announced it will be introducing as a new primary health care model in the province.
9. Once we have completed our in field sign offs we will be able to practice within our new scope immediately (also not yet posted anywhere…) The available protocol document has not been updated. See here…http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/ems-protocol-manual
10. The latest information posted on the issue by SCOP was in June of this year. The Pulse states, “The proposed changes to the PCP scope of practice were presented to SCoP members at its Annual General Meeting on April 19 and were approved by the Provincial Emergency Services Practice Committee in May. The proposed changes are currently before the College of Physicians and Surgeons.” Guess it went through? See here… http://www.collegeofparamedics.sk.ca/docs/newsletters/thepulseNo%2011June2013_final.pdf
Got that? If all you heard was Narcan- me too! 😀
Too bad the drug-user rate is so low in my town. I don’t really mean that. Or do I. hehe.
Follow me as I head back to school for what will surely be a historic SCOP upgrade. I am mildly apprehensive for various reasons (similar to why you never buy a new car the first year the model is marketed)- but we will see how it plays out.
Never stop learning because you never know what they will throw at you 30 years into your career.