Effective September 2015

Standard

A regulated member of ACSLPA is responsible for quality services delivered by personnel under his/her direction and supervision (e.g., employees, support personnel, students).

Indicators

To demonstrate this standard, the regulated member will:

 a) Comply with relevant guidelines pertaining to the supervision of personnel.

 b) Identify clients who are appropriate to receive services delivered by personnel under the direction and supervision of the regulated member.

 c) Ensure that clients have all the relevant information regarding any supervised personnel who will be providing services (e.g., training, titles, roles, responsibilities) and consent
………to receipt of services by supervised personnel.

 d) Assign activities based on the knowledge, skills and abilities of supervised personnel that fall within their scope of practice (e.g., do not involve interpretation of findings,
………development or modification of treatment plans).

 e) Carry out direct and indirect clinical supervision in compliance with relevant legislation and ACSLPA guidelines to ensure safe and competent service delivery.

 f) Assess the role of and services provided by supervised personnel and monitor service outcomes.

 g) Inform employers and clients of the need to discontinue services by supervised personnel when the regulated member is not available (e.g., extended absence, resignation)
………to provide the required supervision.

Expected Outcomes

Clients are informed of the roles and responsibilities of the personnel providing services and that the services they receive are supervised and delivered in a competent manner.

Resources

All ACSLPA documents and relevant Alberta Government legislation can be accessed from the ACSLPA website at www.acslpa.ca.

  • ACSLPA. (2017). Code of Ethics. Edmonton: Author.
  • ACSLPA. (2011). Audiologists’ Guidelines for Working with Support Personnel. Edmonton: Author.
  • ACSLPA. (2011). Clinical Documentation and Record Keeping Guideline. Edmonton: Author.
  • ACSLPA. (2011). Speech-Language Pathologists’ Guidelines for Working with Support Personnel. Edmonton: Author.
  • CAASPR. (2018). Practice Competencies for Speech-Language Pathologists in Canada. Ottawa: Author.
  • CAASPR. (2018). Practice Competencies for Audiologists in Canada. Ottawa: Author.
  • Government of Alberta. (2000). Schedule 7.1 Health Services Restricted Activities in Government Organization Act. Edmonton: Alberta Queen’s Printer.
  • Government of Alberta (2002). Health Professions Act, Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation. Edmonton:  Alberta Queen’s Printer.

Glossary

Client refers to “an individual, family, substitute decision maker, group, agency, government, employer, employee, business, organization or community who is the direct or indirect recipient(s) of the regulated member’s expertise”.

Competence/competent/competency refers to “the combined knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment required to provide professional services”.

Quality services refers to “services in the health care system as measured by accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness, efficiency, effectiveness, and safety factors”. 

Regulated member refers to “an individual who is registered with ACSLPA in any of the categories of membership prescribed in Regulation and in the ACSLPA Bylaws”.

Support personnel refers to “individuals providing services under the direct supervision of a speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist. This excludes teachers, volunteers and family members”.