Advisory Council on Clinical Education
The purpose of ACCE is to advise and guide the work of the Project Manager and Director in supporting Educational Institutions, Health Authorities, and other stakeholders in Saskatchewan. The focus of this Council is to address the larger policy issues that affect all disciplines. ACCE includes representatives from post-secondary educational institutions, regional health authorities and the Ministries of Health and Advanced Education.
ACCE was formed in 2005 based on recommendations from a clinical capacity review commissioned by SAHSN. ACCE first met in January 2006 with the purpose of identifying issues and potential solutions around clinical placements. ACCE also acts as the official HSPnet Management Committee required by the province in meeting its license requirements for HSPnet (an online clinical placement tool).
The terms of reference for ACCE define four key goals for the council:
- Improving clinical placement processes between educational institutions and health authorities.
- Expanding clinical placement capacity in health authorities.
- Overseeing the implementation, expansion and continued operation of HSPnet-SK.
- Standardizing clinical placement requirements for health sciences students across all Saskatchewan health authorities
In the last few years ACCE has been instrumental in:
- The development of common clinical placement agreements.Common requirements now exist across all health regions and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in the areas of Workers compensation, WHMIS, respiratory fit testing, immunization, criminal record checks, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, privacy and confidentiality, safe moving practices, violence prevention and response. The common agreement went into effect January 2014.
- Securing funds for the development of a preceptor recognition initiative. The fund provided three years of funding to health regions for preceptor recognition, and funds to develop a preceptor website and on-line curriculum. ACCE supported the use of remaining funds in 2015 to host three preceptor workshops to support training and recognition of preceptors.
- Managing HSPnet. This includes approving the provincial HSPnet budget and reviewing HSPnet cost sharing among partners.