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  1. Dentist

    Thank you to the committee for the work put into drafting the document.
    One comment I hear often when I meet my peers at conferences or CE lectures is that a great majority of practicing dentists do follow and have the desire to follow standards of practice and college bylaws. However, from time to time, they seek guidelines and bylaws that are easy to follow and are effective.
    We do look to the College to provide and demonstrate leadership in practicing in a professional and ethical manner. Wouldn't the public be better served if the College spend equal attention in establishing a culture of high standards of professionalism and ethics, as it does on the small percentage of registrants who do not abide by regulatory standards?
    Another comment I often hear from my peers is that a solely complaint-driven approach to regulation may fall well short of a truely successful mandate to protect the public because it is effective only against the "lowest common denominator".

  2. Organization

    Thanks for providing us the opportunity to include our thoughts in this. To begin with, we must say that the draft plan is well thought out with two key values to note: inculcating a model of care with a patient/public driven approach and highlighting the focus towards improving oral health outcomes through both treatment and health promotion/public engagement.
    A few other thoughts are,
    - CDSBC creates ‚Äúregistration categories‚ÄĚ, would it be helpful to include wording around recognizing a wide range of roles for oral health professionals, including public health within the document somewhere?
    - Suggest that you may include strategies for communication with the remote communities- underserved population are less likely submit a written complaint, can the college include a provision for the communities to make a phone complaint? Or any other strategy for gathering their voices?
    - May be include a strategy so that the registrants can submit their voices to the board by replying to a specific email from the college.
    Thanks once again and we applaud the college for their great efforts made to ensure protection of the public, standards of practice by the oral health professionals and having a public-driven approach.

  3. Certified Dental Assistant

    In what way might the goals and initiatives in the draft strategic plan impact you?
    The impact to CDAs is to be included and have the CDSBC be transparent. Our presence on committees and the Board brings a perspective unlike the other groups represented.
    What would you like the CDSBC to consider?
    How will the CDSBC accurately measure the success of this strategic plan? Realistically!
    I like the simplicity of the plan although there is much said we must remember that personalities must never interfer with good strategic planning.

  4. Dentist

    Thank you for following the Policy development process to provide the opportunity for feed back. I am speaking from my experience on the College board.

    In Goal 4: Strengthen and clarify Governance to support our mandate. Bullet 3 :The word " management " would be more precise and more appropriately describe the separation of the two entities in the College structure rather than The Board and staff. The reason is that often there were confusion when some one mentioned staff. There was confusion between the Board staff or management team staff. The board has one staff who is the Registrar/CEO. I think that it is better described as the head of the management division. The rest the staff are members of the management team. The board leads and the Management executes.

  5. Dentist

    I agree with 'Dentist Oct 16th, the committees should have good geographic representation , fixed term limits and Dentists should be the majority.
    If 'Increasing organizational capacity ' translates to more staff that will inevitably lead to more costs to the College which will mean higher registration fees for the membership. This would not only impact myself but every other member of CDSBC.

  6. Dentist

    One objective should be to involve all the College membership, since most of college work is done by committees. College committees should have a good geographic representation, and membership should have term limits, like CDA and BCDA committees. It is also important that general dentist form the majority of every committee so that special interest groups do not dominate the committees point of view.

  7. Dentist

    In response to the comment by Lex V:

    c) evaluate if volunteer hours should be a requirement to renew licenses and provide a benefit if hours are reached.

    I disagree wholeheartedly with this request. If this is indeed implemented then the task would be afoul of the definition volunteer, which is;

    a person who does something, especially helping other people, willingly and without being forced or paid to do it

    Many of the points brought up by Lex are wonderful but requiring dentist to provide free labour is a bit of an overreach in my humble opinion.

  8. Organization

    This feedback comes from a Not For Profit perspective.
    A) encourage and/or find ways that dental suppliers can provide more support to not for profit dental clinics, either:
    * talking with CRA to provide better tax brakets
    * talking with the city hall to grant special lease or other benefits while supporting not for profit.
    * realizing that not for profit can provide tax receipts.
    * motive to help more low volume buyers / not for profit and provide special rates.

    b) motivate dental professional to volunteers
    the volunteer license is great but there might be other options.
    - give CE credits to dentists that volunteer X number of hours per year.
    - give a discount rate to CDA that volunteer X number of hours per year.
    - encourage dentists to sponsor local not for profits.
    * either with $, supplies, etc
    * not for profit can provide tax receipt if needed

    c) evalute if volunteer hours should be a requirement to renew licenses and provide a benefit if hours are reached.

    d) encourage school to add more and more volunteer or practicum programs within the not for profit environment.

    e) talk with dental labs to have a sponsoring program towards not for profits. Either with free lab work or others, this can increase the chances to have access to full mouth rehabilitation = better health = better oral habits in a long term.

    As you know the East Side dental clinic is the only not for profit (beside Abbostford) that operates with volunteer support.

    considering that currently we have +- dentits in BC. if everybody gives a day to volunteer at this office. We will be operational 365 days of the year.

    If the other aspects are combined, we would be able to have a good not for profit that its aim to help the community and provide long lasting oral results.

    That its my honest feedback for a 2019 - 22 strategic plan from our not for profit point of view.

    Sincerely,

    Lex V.

  9. Dentist

    I like the simplicity and the clarity of the document. I would suggest one amendment be considered please. I suggest you explore the replacement of "patient-centred" with "person-centred" or something close to that.

    I offer this link as providing some of the rationale for the suggestion: https://healthinnovationnetwork.com/system/ckeditor_assets/attachments/41/what_is_person-centred_care_and_why_is_it_important.pdf.

    Have just gone through an exercise examining where the societal expectations of the profession in future were anticipated, I believe that the relationship between society and the professions and the relationship between the individual caregiver and recipient of care are evolving.

    During this exercise, we consulted with medical colleagues about this changing landscape. It seems to me that because not all citizens are currently patients, because regulatory authorities may be expected to take some action relating to improving access to care for marginalized and vulnerable groups, because the whole circumstances of the care recipient need to be considered by the care provider, because we must move away from paternalistic care models and co-create treatment plans with care recipients, there is an opportunity in your document to show leadership by considering inserting more inclusive language in your document. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to have some input for your consideration.

    • Member of the Public

      Thank you for the posting re. multicultural aspect of care provision. I think it is very important to welcome everybody and show that from our government associations. It goes along with the Canadian origin written in the citizen application: Canada is a multicultural country.
      It is important to denote that even when we embrace a multicultural language, we keep the two national language always present. If not we will have the cases like some cities where: speaking other language is a requirement to get employment. That aspect goes against employment standard + it is not the national two languages in the country.

  10. Organization

    While the primary role of a professional college is protection of the public, standards of practice, etc., perhaps there is also an opportunity to engage/inform the public.