In their first meeting since agreeing to collaborate on a revitalized National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for paramedics, the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) and the Alberta College of Paramedics took initial steps toward the document’s complete redesign.
Over July 19-20, 2013, educators, paramedics, regulators, operational managers and clinical practice leaders from the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia gathered at the Alberta College of Paramedics’ office in Sherwood Park, AB to establish a framework for the project. The effort reflects the new direction in which the College is headed, as the outdated Alberta Occupational Competency Profile no longer reflects current and emerging paramedic practice.
The major initiative is expected to take multiple years to complete. It will continue to involve stakeholders from regional regulatory settings. Building from the considerable revisions to the NOCP in 2011 and 2012, the revamped document expects to be more adaptable, streamlined and valuable for educators and stakeholders across the country to ensure that the new NOCP accounts for the significant differences that exist in provincial and PAC and the College intend to meet again this coming August to form a steering committee and working groups, identify funding sources and set long-term goals for the project. An information session for all interested stakeholders will be held in the coming months.