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 Ontario Base Hospital Group (OBHG) Paramedic Representation

Paramedics are important members of all the OBHG committees. Many paramedics have asked questions over the past few years related to these committees and we would like to share some questions and answers with you.

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What is the role of OBHG?

OBHG’s function is to provide advice to the Ministry of Health Emergency Health Regulatory and Accountability Branch (EHRAB) and the Emergency Health Program Management and Delivery Branch (EHPMDB)

How many committees are there and what are their respective functions?

1. Medical Advisory Committee

Advises the Emergency Health Regulatory and Accountability Branch (EHRAB) and the Emergency Health Program Management and Delivery Branch (EHPMDB) on medical issues, matters related to patient care provided by paramedics and the role of Base Hospitals related to the delivery of Paramedic-based prehospital care. Make recommendations that represent the interest of patients and citizens of Ontario through matters related to leadership, administration, operations, funding, and program delivery in the interest of patient safety. 

Committee Membership:

  • Co-Chairs
  • Medical Directors of the 8 Regional Base Hospitals
  • Managers/Directors of the 8 Regional Base Hospitals
  • Paramedic Advisors (ACP and PCP and/or rural and urban)
  • MOHLTC EHRAB and EHPMDB representatives
  • Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) representatives
  • OBHG Education Subcommittee Chair
  • OBHG Data Quality Management Subcommittee Chair
  • Paramedic Program College representative 
2. Data Quality Management (DQM) Subcommittee
Advises on information gathering and database issues relating to the provision of paramedic based prehospital care in Ontario. Reviews current patient data collection and data reporting standards and practices and regularly updates the patient related data gathering and reporting requirements and practices necessary to meet the current and emerging needs of stakeholders. It is also responsible for assisting Base Hospital Programs to monitor the quality of patient care and service delivery in Ontario.

Committee Membership:
Chair, Medical Advisory Committee (MAC)
Medical Directors of the 8 Regional Base Hospitals
OBHG Executive Committee Chair
Paramedic Advisors (ACP & PCP and/or rural or urban)
MOHLTC Emergency Health Services Branch representatives
Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) representatives
OBHG Education Subcommittee Chair
Paramedic Program College representative
Committee Membership:
  • Chair
  • Representatives from the 8 Regional Base Hospitals; with data or quality expertise
  • Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) representative
  • Paramedic Advisors (ACP & PCP and/or rural and urban)
  • MOHLTC EHRAB representatives
  • Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) representative
  • Education Subcommittee Chair
  • Research or Epidemiologist representative
3.Education Subcommittee
Advises on and reviews current paramedic education delivery, development standards and practices. Provides educational objective development resources, delivers plans or programs necessary to maintain and improve the current and emerging needs of stakeholders.

Committee Membership:
Chair
Representatives from the 8 Regional Base Hospitals; Education lead or designate
Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) representatives
Paramedic Advisors (ACP & PCP and/or rural or urban)
MOHLTC EHRAB and EHPMDB representatives
Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) representative
Paramedic Program College representative
Data Quality Management (DQM) Subcommittee Chair

How often do these committees meet?

Most committees meet face to face 4 times a year with additional teleconferences and project meetings scheduled in addition; depending on the issues or projects at hand.

What is the role of the paramedic advisors on these OBHG committees?

Paramedics are the front line providers of paramedic services, and having their point of view heard and be part of the advice that is being forwarded to the EHS is essential.

How can I apply to become an OBHG paramedic advisor? What qualifications are required to apply?

Every two years OBHG will distribute a call for applicants for Paramedic Advisors for the committees. Each applicant can indicate for which (or all) committee(s) they are applying to.

Selection criteria will include the following: They must meet the basic criteria which include a letter of support from both the appropriate Base Hospital and Paramedic Service; we prefer candidates who are front line paramedics with at least a few years of experience. We aim for both urban and rural representation (and or PCP and ACP representation); we aim for representation from across Ontario, across all Base Hospitals.

Application submissions should include the following:

1.Cover letter specifically indicating your paramedic level I.E PCP, ACP; whether you work for rural or urban service, and where you practice I.E northern or southern Ontario; your interest in one or more committee(s), and identifying why you would be a good candidate to advise on behalf of your peers.

2. Brief Curriculum Vitae

3. A letter of support from your respective paramedic service operator(s)/employer(s)

4. A letter of support from your certifying Base Hospital

What is the commitment of the paramedic advisor? What am I supposed to do?

The commitment of the Paramedic Advisor is to attend the respective committee meetings in person or via teleconference; we ask for the support from your paramedic service(s) for all applicants to optimize the chances of you being able to attend the majority of meetings.

How long is the term of a paramedic advisor on any OBHG committee?

Each Paramedic Advisor will sit for a two year term, in certain circumstances this will be amended due to changes in employment or position status. It is imperative that front line paramedics are represented.

Do I receive compensation as a paramedic advisor?

Travel expenses incurred to attend any of these committee meetings will be reimbursed only as pre-approved. Your participation is strictly voluntary; there is no financial compensation available for wages.

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