Hello from the CEO/Registrar
It seems as though summer has finally arrived and I hope you’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather with your friends and family.
We know that summer is underway when the College starts to hear from new graduates eager to get regulatory-ready for practice and that first pay cheque. Congratulations to this new generation of MRTs and ENPs on this important milestone in your professional journey! Welcome to professional practice, as brand new self-regulated professionals there is much to learn. No matter your level of experience, as most of us have found – learning from peers, team members and stakeholders in the community can be a great assets to one’s professional journey. As I transition into my new role at the College, I encourage everyone to join me in conversations to find your connection with regulations and procedures that shape countless dimensions of your job, and the innumerable pieces one needs to understand patient interaction, clinical studies and quality systems that shape the big picture of healthcare.
Self-regulation and title protection is a rare privilege on the international stage, and even in Canada. MRTs and ENPs in Alberta are fortunate to have this status that gives them a voice in public policy, in assuring standards and determining who deserve the use of their professional title. This privilege means putting public safety first and quality practice above all else. A strong Council and a strong staff, alongside members of the profession work together to achieve these objectives. We focus on excelling at governance, assuring a talented staff base, and achieving policy that contributes to good public outcomes.
Bylaws are an important tool that Colleges use to govern the administration of many processes. As best practices in governance evolve, bylaws are adjusted so they continue to serve their purpose in a reasonable, transparent manner. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the bylaws on our website (click here) and reach out to me or a member of Council with any questions or suggestions. If you wish to propose an amendment, it’s easy – simply write one of us a note or call us. Your participation is valued, it will help us to improve our ability to serve you. Council will review your and respond to your proposal.
The College Council is well into the planning for setting its strategic direction to cover 2018-21. This is intended to consolidate the College’s regulatory performance and the practice of our members within the current context of public expectation. Stay tuned for more information this fall.
President Kelly Sampson and I continue to work with the National Network, a coalition of provincial MRT bodies and associations including the CAMRT and Sonography Canada to share information and address issues of interest. As you might know MRTs are also regulated in Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Regulators are responsible for ensuring safe, quality, professional, competent diagnostic and therapeutic services in our respective jurisdictions. We also work through the Alliance of Medical Radiation Technologists Regulators of Canada (AMRTRC) to share and guide best practice on regulatory issues enabling MRTs to practice in accordance with defined practice, competence, conduct, ethical and professional standards.
I do hope that you have a chance to get outside and enjoy the warmth of summer, it was a long time coming. Take a moment to appreciate each other – the work that you do for patients is amazing and we at the College are proud to work together with you to serve the public.