The SCRT is the body responsible for regulating the profession of respiratory therapy in the province of Saskatchewan under the authority of The Respiratory Therapists Act. The SCRT is not an educational institution.
The Saskatchewan College of Respiratory Therapists (SCRT) echoes the concerns that have been laid out by SMA President Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz op-ed. It is our perspective that further action be taken to ensure the people of Saskatchewan be guided through additional measures to slow the accelerating spread of COVID-19 in our province. Please see a link to their statement below:
A number of health care organizations in Saskatchewan, including: Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA), College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Saskatchewan Chapter, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (SCPP), have united in a call for additional measures to be taken to curb the spread of COVID-19. This multi-agency group has endorsed the op-ed written by SMA president Dr. Barb Konstantynowicz, applauding the measures taken by the Saskatchewan Government on November 13th to combat the spread of COVID-19 and recommending further action in other areas. Concerns are rising in the health care community and action is required as COVID-19 case numbers have spiked in Saskatchewan over the past few weeks.
COVID-19 SCRT Office Operations:
Due to the current COVID-19 environment, the SCRT office will be temporarily closed to the public. Employees will be continuing the work of the college from home. We request your patience with needed responses from the college.
Do you have questions about COVID -19
All up-to-date public information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Saskatchewan can be accessed at: saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.
At this time we would like to extend our thanks to all the Respiratory Therapists and other health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, that are working away from their families to treat and protect the public of Saskatchewan; our hope for all of you is to stay safe and healthy!
SCRT 2020 AGM
Thank you to all the members that made time to attend this year's virtual format AGM. Attendance certificates will be sent out via email in the next couple of weeks.
All necessary business was conducted, and the resolution to approve changes to the Regulatory Bylaws passed with a vote of 82% of the members in attendance.
Congratulations go out to the new president-elect Lynzie Rindero from North Battleford and, Michelle Turtle the new Councilor at large for the South.
A full report of the AGM will be a part of this fall's newsletter, 'Fresh Air.'
Volunteers! Volunteers! Volunteers!
As announced at the AGM; the SCRT is looking for volunteers for committee work, all committees are needing to replace some members in the new year. Council will be accepting volunteer forms throughout the fall, with decisions to be made on committee assignments for January 2021. Committee terms are generally for 3 years with the ability to renew for 1 three year term.
Currently there are 2 Legislated committees; the Professional Conduct Committee and the Discipline Committee; both require a resume along with the completed form. There are also several non-legislated committees; Continuing Education (they oversee the annual continuing education audit), Registration, Policy and Bylaw, and Nominations, along with the need for volunteers for a variety of short term projects (task forces).
A link to the forms (one for the Legislated committees and, one for all others) can be found through the Members Login; once logged in to the member page, under the "Member Menu" section you will see 'volunteer forms' in the list of choices. Please be sure you complete the appropriate form for the committee you are interested in. Council thanks you for volunteering your time to assist in the needed work of the SCRT. All efforts will be made to have you assigned to the committee of your choice, but will contact each person individually before making any assignments.
New Amendment to SCRT Regulatory bylaws
The amended Regulatory Bylaws to address the need for an Emergency Registration and License classification, were voted on and accepted by the SCRT council on March 26, 2020 and subsequently approved by the Minister and published in the Gazette on April 3, 2020.
The amendment reads as follows:
Emergency registration and licensure
12.2 Notwithstanding any other provision of these bylaws, in a declared emergency, the registrar may, under any terms or conditions that the registrar considers appropriate with respect to each person:
(a) register as a full practicing member and issue a full practicing license to a person who is currently or has been licensed to practice as a respiratory therapist in Canada;
i. this includes; waiving of the requirements for licensure contained in sections of The Act
(b) register as a graduate practicing member and issue a graduate practicing license to a person who has substantially completed an education program described in section 4 and, allowed as per The Act 20 (2) a.
12.3 A license granted under authority of Bylaw 12.1 may be subject to conditions or limitations including but not limited to:
(a) A restriction that the member may practice only under supervision as defined by the College;
(b) A restriction that the member may only practice in a specified area of defined practice;
(c) A condition that the license is only valid for a limited time and may be revoked if the emergency conditions warranting its issuance are no longer in effect.
Click here to see SCRT Regulatory Bylaws Amendment 2020
SCRT Annual Report
The SCRT Annual Report for 2019-2020 was presented at the October 2020 AGM. Click here to see the 2019/2020 Annual Report.
If an SCRT member has photos of Respiratory Week or any other Respiratory-related photos they would like to share with the SCRT, please send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!