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Member, College of Dietitians Registration Committee

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Establishing excellence in nutrition care is a strong foundational factor to the health of British Columbians. The College of Dietitians of British Columbia is seeking a patient partner to work with them to ensure dietitians provide safe, ethical and competent nutrition care across the province by being a member of their Registration Committee.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

College of Dietitians of British Columbia

Aim

This Committee oversees the requirements for a dietitian to register with the College by setting academic or practical standards, assessing applications, granting registration to those who meet the standards and setting conditions or restrictions on a dietitian’s registration. The patient partner will offer input on all committee decisions, as they apply to public safety.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Eligibility

  • Experience with the BC health care system in general and aware of current trends in the health care system.
  • Experience with group decision-making and policy-making, particularly in strategic committee/working group settings
  • Some knowledge of entry-to-practice requirements for dietitians and a dietitian’s scope of practice is considered an asset
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.

Logistics

Vacancies: 1 Time, Date, Location: The Registration Committee meets in person three times a year (late January; early May; late September) in Vancouver, typically from 900 to 1500. The patient partner will need to attend in person. Teleconferences may be scheduled throughout the year, as needed. Additional time is needed, prior to each meeting, to review all meeting materials. Committee members are expected to be prepared and informed, and to participate actively in meeting discussions and decision making. Commitment:  Term membership for group members will be for one year with possible extension for up to two years.

Reimbursement

All eligible related expenses (e.g. flight, accommodation, ground transportation, food) will be reimbursed.

Background

The College of Dietitians of BC (CDBC) is the regulatory authority for dietitians practicing in BC. Under the Health Professions Act, the mandate of the CDBC is protection of British Columbians through regulating dietitians to practice safely, ethically and competently, according to BC legislation. All CDBC committees assist the College in meeting its legislated mandate by supporting four key work areas: Registration, Quality Assurance, Inquiry (complaints) and Discipline. Dietitians are the only legally recognized, regulated health professional with a scope of practice in human food and nutrition. As highly qualified and trained nutrition experts, they provide medical nutrition therapy for the prevention, delay and management of disease. Dietitians provide nutrition care along the entire continuum of health, from pre-conception to end of life. Dietitians offer care to well and active individuals, of all ages, looking to improve their eating habits, and to critically ill patients needing intensive medical nutrition therapy, and all stages in between. Dietitians assess nutritional needs of individuals and groups using a holistic approach. They design, implement and monitor nutritional care plans and therapeutic diets based on current and relevant scientific, medical and nutrition information. Dietitians also disseminate relevant scientific information about food and human nutrition to promote health and assist individuals, groups and communities to attain and maintain health, and manage quality food service operations in health care institutions.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Kathryn Proudfoot
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial
604.668.8246
kproudfoot@bcpsqc.ca

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