CDSBC has continued to move forward on the Action Plan to fulfill our commitment to the Minister of Health. The Action Plan reflects our commitment to the safety of patients and the public, and to strong governance, transparency and accountability.
The Action Plan was divided into three, six and twelve month timeframes to complete the 32-individual action items outlined in the plan to meet the directives set by the Minister.
We made significant progress towards meeting the 12-month timeframe, despite the need for revisions and some unforeseen delays determined by the COVID-19 pandemic. An implementation plan was submitted to the Ministry of Health to address outstanding Action Items in a timely manner. The last progress report was published in November 2019 and significant progress has been made to the Action Plan since then.
Highlights of our recent progress on the Action Plan are below, and a full report on the progress is here (PDF) >>
What we've completed
☑ Created a smaller Board that is composed of 50% public members, and led by a Board Chair elected from within the Board
☑ Promoted independence from influence of professional organizations, including new requirements for election eligibility, and a published register of interests for board members
☑ Changed election rules so all health professions we regulate can vote for all elected board positions
☑ Identified specific competencies board members should have, and built those into the eligibility requirements.
☑ Fixed gaps in committee structure with new committees to address practice and ethical standards and prevent professional misconduct, and promote better decision-making.
☑ Provided role clarity for Board and staff, and implemented a Board/Staff development plan to ensure a relationship based on mutual trust and respect
☑ Created a risk register for the College for identifying, assessing, escalating and managing organizational risks
☑ Assessed new complaints based on risk, with high-risk complaints prioritized
☑ Invited public and registrant participation at board meetings and at the annual general meeting
☑ Engaged with registrants, certified dental assistants, stakeholders and the public with regards to the Action Plan
☑ Increased opportunities for CDAs, dental therapists and public members to participate at the College
☑ Participated in the BC Patient Advisory Network to engage with the public
☑ Published better information about the fees we collect from dentists on behalf of the British Columbia Dental Association