Health Workforce Innovations in Response to the COVID Pandemic
Additional and continued use of virtual care for audiologists an SLPs
New methods of care need to be implemented during the pandemic to reduce exposure of patients and providers and maintain continuity of care even if services can't be offered in person for everyone.
One of the most effective ways to limit the spread of the Corona virus is to carry out as much patient care as possible via virtual means limiting the time spent face-to-face.
- Carry out as much patient care as possible via virtual means. This may entail using a combination of telephone, virtual care platforms and in-person care with patients (only if required) for different phases of their intervention.
- Virtual care includes the use of technologies such as telephone, real-time video, video conferencing, email, texting, online chat, apps and therapy platforms accessed through computers and mobile devices.
- Obtain consent for the use of virtual care as well as for your proposed assessment and treatment plan
- When using virtual care make sure you keep patient’s personal health information secure (College COVID-19 FAQs)
- Follow the College’s Position Statement on the Use of Telepractice
Other Health Care Workers
The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (CASLPO) is one of 26 self-governing health Colleges in the province of Ontario established by law. The role and authority of the College is set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991 (ASLPA), and the regulation, made under these Acts along with the policies and by-laws of the College.
The College is dedicated to supporting its over 4,000 audiologists and speech-language pathologist members in their delivery of high-quality ethical care.