The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
Enewsletter | October 2020
In this issue…
  • Occupational Therapy Month
  • Practice Q & A: Precepting in a Pandemic
  • COVID-19 Resources: Long-Term Care
  • Welcome to New Registrants
  • NOTCE Update
  • Quality Assurance Update
  • Welcome New Council Members
  • Council Meeting Notice
  • Follow the College on Social Media
  • Notice: Phishing Emails
Occupational Therapy Month
The global response to the pandemic has highlighted a number of things: One, that we all need to work together to ensure the health of each other. Prevention and safety in the form of masks, hand hygiene, and distancing ourselves are just responsible social behaviour. Two, that health professionals are a vital part of the solution to the well-being of us all.

For the last many months, occupational therapists have had to pivot roles, don new equipment, innovate to new methods of service delivery and education, and witness challenges in health care that few have previously experienced. Some may have lost their jobs or roles, or put their practice on hold, while others have been working overtime, showing up all day, every day.

This month we recognize the important role of occupational therapists. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and all abilities to help them stay safe and well, and reach the best level of function and independence in their daily lives. If your role is old, new, or emerging, we thank you for providing safe, ethical and quality occupational therapy to those who need it.
Q&A: Precepting in a Pandemic
Is providing a student placement during a pandemic achievable?
Question: I am trying to decide if I should take a student this year considering the pandemic. What are some of the things I need to consider before making this decision?
COVID-19: Long-Term Care
New resources and guidance documents
Welcome New Registrants
Contact us with your questions!
The College would like to extend a warm welcome to our new registrants, many of whom are recent graduates! This newsletter is one of the ways you will be able to stay connected with the College. Another is through our Practice Resource Service.

If you have questions about your practice, or about the expectations for occupational therapists in Ontario, please contact practice@coto.org.The service is provided by occupational therapists who are available to provide free and confidential support and answer any questions you may have.
NOTCE Results
Exam results will be sent directly to the College
Just a reminder that the College will be receiving the NOTCE results directly from CAOT. If you currently have a provisional certificate of registration with the College, it will automatically be transferred to a general certificate of registration once the College has confirmed your successful exam results.
Quality Assurance Update
QA reminders and opportunity for Peer Assessors
Reminder: 2020 QA Requirements Extended Due Date to December 31, 2020
Reminder – in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has extended the due date for the 2020 Self-Assessment and the 2020 PREP to December 31, 2020. Log in MyQA now to begin!

Registrant Selection Based on Risk Indicators – Coming in Early 2021
The College will be piloting the new risk-based selection process for registrants to participate in a peer and practice assessment. Registrants will be notified by email in late November 2020 regarding participation in a peer and practice assessment between January and May 2021. For more information about the College’s new risk-based approach, visit our website.

Seeking Peer Assessors!
The College is seeking to expand its roster of Peer Assessors. Peer Assessors play a key role within the QA Program as they work with the College to review an occupational therapist’s practice skills, knowledge and judgement to ensure competent and safe services are being provided to the public.

Peer Assessors work on contract and accept assessments based on their own scheduling. The volume of requests will vary and assessors are reimbursed for their time. Learn more about the role on our website.

If you have any questions, or would like to apply for a Peer Assessor role, please contact Seema Sindwani, Manager, Quality Assurance.
Welcome Neelam and Paola
Your newly elected College Council members
The Council Elections for District 1 (Toronto and area) and District 2 (Hamilton, Waterloo, and Niagara areas) closed on September 30, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Neelam Bal (District 1) and Paola Azzuolo (District 2), your newly elected Council members. The Council sets the strategic and policy direction for the College. It makes decisions to ensure the public receives ethical, competent care from Ontario’s occupational therapists.

Thank you to all registrants who took part in this election.
October Council Meeting
Our next College Council meeting will be held online on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Council meetings are open to the public. To reserve a virtual spot, please contact, Andjelina Stanier, Executive Assistant at 1.800.890.6570/416.214.1177 ext. 232 or email astanier@coto.org.
Social Media
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Join us and our 3000+ followers on our social media channels.

You can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn to get the latest updates and information, as well as helpful reminders and resources from the College.
Notice: Phishing Emails
The College has been made aware that other professionals are receiving phishing emails that appear to come from their regulator. These emails encourage the registrant to click links that may result in the theft of personal information or the installation of malware.

We would like to ask our registrants to contact us directly at info@coto.org or 1.800.890.6570 should they receive an email that appears to be suspicious, or that is inconsistent with our usual communications.
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