Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
Deployment and Delegation of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists
There may be additional need for support in different areas of practice during the pandemic such as testing, that are outside normal duties to healthcare workers.
In a health emergency, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, MRITs are key members of the healthcare team who may be asked to participate in activities that are outside their normal duties. As an MRIT you may be asked to assist with mask fit testing or screening procedures. Some of the activities that you may be asked to perform may be controlled acts and require delegation by a practitioner who is authorized to perform them. Recognizing these activities may not be common practice for MRITs, they should only be done with appropriate authorizations and adequate training on the procedures, and if given the required personal protective equipment.
With appropriate safeguards in place we would expect MRITs to be flexible during situations of health emergencies to assist the health care system manage increased demands.
Where you are asked to complete procedures that are outside the normal expectations of practice, we encourage you to review the Decision-making guide for performing a procedure on page 21 of “What you must know about … Performing procedures for medical radiation and imaging technologists” and to discuss any concerns you have with your employer.
Assigned other duties outside of my home department?
Many tasks in medical facilities are not controlled acts under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and can be performed by any person. As a self-regulated professional, you are in the best position to determine which procedures and assigned duties you are competent to perform.
If your manager requires you to complete additional training before completing additional duties, you need to comply with those requirements as a condition of your employment. Try to work with your manager to find ways to obtain the additional training that you may require to obtain the knowledge, skills and judgment necessary to perform the additional duties.
Every member of CMRITO has a condition on their certificate of registration that restricts their practice to areas where they have education and experience. The Standards of Practice require that members ensure they are competent to perform any procedures they undertake. Members are also required to have the knowledge, skills and judgement to perform any procedures and manage any outcomes. For more information, please refer to the CMRITO Standards of Practice.
If you are asked to perform a controlled act that is not authorized to MRITs and is outside the profession of medical radiation and imaging technology, there would need to be a delegation in place in order to perform that controlled act.
Cross-sector staff deployments
Rapid upskilling/reskilling existing and available workers (eg. laid off)
Alternative deployments for health workers whose normal duties are temporarily suspended
Medical Imaging Workers
The College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) is the regulatory body for medical radiation and imaging technologists in Ontario. Our primary responsibility is to serve and protect the public interest by establishing standards of practice for the profession and setting entry to practice requirements for medical radiation and imaging technologists. Additionally, we ensure the continued competence of our members through our quality assurance program and address concerns from the public through our complaints and discipline process.