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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 Services Branch (EHSB-MOHLTC).

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

  1. Executive Committee
    Advises the EHSB-MOHLTC on matters relating to patient care provided by paramedics and other relevant allied professionals. The Executive is responsible for making recommendations which represent the interest of the patients and citizens of Ontario through matters relating to leadership, administration, operations, funding and program delivery, in the interest of patient safety.

    Committee Membership:
    Chair, Ontario Base Hospital Group (OBHG)
    Managers/Directors of the 8 Regional Base Hospitals
    Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) Chair
    Paramedic Advisors (ACP & PCP and/or rural or urban)
    MOHLTC Emergency Health Services Branch representatives
    Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) representatives
    Education and Data Quality Management Subcommittee Chairs
    Physician Advisor

  2. Medical Advisory Committee
    Advises the EHSB-MOHLTC on medical issues and the role of Base Hospitals related to the delivery of EMS-based prehospital care.

    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

  3. Data Quality Management Subcommittee
    Advises on information gathering and database issues relating to the provision of ambulance 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, OBHG Data Quality Management (DQM) Committee
    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 Emergency Health Services Branch representatives
    Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) representative
    MOHLTC Emergency Health Services Branch Communications representatives
    Education Subcommittee Chair
    Research or Epidemiologist representative

  4. Education Subcommittee
    Reviews current paramedic education delivery and development standards and practices. It also provides educational objective development resources, delivers plans or programs necessary to maintain and improve the current and emerging needs of stakeholders.

    Committee Membership:
    Chair, OBHG Education Committee
    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 Emergency Health Services Branch 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.

Who are the current OBHG paramedic advisors?

Executive Committee: Melina Chestley, PCP & Mike Kennedy, ACP
Medical Advisory Committee: Christopher Day, PCP & Kyle Grant, ACP
Data Quality Management Subcommittee: Melissa Roney, ACP & Ian Drennan, PCP
Education Subcommittee: Paul Stromme, ACP & Cassie Cross, PCP

How do I contact the paramedic advisors?

Please email the appropriate representative if you have any comments or issues that you believe should be heard at the appropriate OBHG meeting. Please click here to view the contact information for the paramedic advisors.

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. Click here to view recruitment section. 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 EMS 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 a 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 represent your peers).
  2. Brief Curriculum Vitae
  3. A letter of support from your respective ambulance service operator(s)/employer(s)
  4. A letter of support from your certifying Base Hospital
  5. At least one letter of support from a paramedic colleague

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 EMS services 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 preapproved. Your participation is strictly voluntary; there is no financial compensation available for wages.

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