Occupational therapists can now conduct financial incapability assessments

Occupational therapists are now permitted to act as qualified health care providers for the purpose of conducting the functional component of a financial incapability assessment and to provide an opinion about the adult’s capability. However, the current limits and conditions require additional education and maintenance of competence.

The Board’s decision reflects COTBC’s accountability approach that requires occupational therapists to practice within the limits of their personal and professional competence. The limits and conditions are consistent with Ministry of Health expectations and, as much as possible, with the approach being taken by other health regulators.

At this time, Health Authorities are designating the staff that will act as qualified health care providers in their organizations. A mandatory online training course is available to ensure the safe implementation of this new regulation.

More information is available under Legislation Updates – Financial Incapability Assessment.

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Note: This post was published prior to October 2017 when new COTBC Bylaws came into effect.

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