Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 11

FEATURE “We can’t target everything with the same amount of energy. The matters with the greatest urgency in terms of public safety must be our biggest priority.” be vulnerable to potentially harmful situations with the knowledge to contribute to their prevention. In a recent presentation to hos- pital presidents and chiefs of staff, Dr. Whitmore said the College is developing new tools that will increase our proactive engagement with physicians at all stages of their careers and help create condi- tions most favorable to ensuring their success. Dr. Nancy Whitmore, Registrar/CEO A right touch regulation framework that includes accessible tools to help physicians self-manage the course of their careers is fundamental to modernizing medical regulation. It also allows us to be more transpar- ent about our expectations, said Dr. Whitmore. “Applying the right touch prin- ciples sets the stage for what medi- cal regulation should be in the 21st century,” said Dr. Whitmore. MD Elements at the core of Right Touch Regulation Identify the problem before the solution The problem must be properly described and fully understood before a solution is found. Quantify and qualify risks Quantifying risks means gauging the likelihood of harm occurring and its severity. Qualifying risks means looking closely at the nature of the harm, and understanding how and why it occurs. Get as close to the problem as possible Understand the context in which the problem arises and the tools available to address the harm. Focus on the outcome The outcome should be both tangible and measurable, and it must be directed towards the reduction of harm Use regulation only when necessary Once a problem has been fully considered, serious thought must be given as to whether regulation is the best tool to address it. Keep it simple If one cannot explain the purpose of a particular regulation, it will not work. Check for unintended consequences Regulating to remove one risk without a proper analysis of the consequences may create new risks. Review and respond to change Regulation strategy needs to be flexible enough to respond to new evidence that calls for change. Source: Professional Standards Authority ISSUE 4, 2018 DIALOGUE 11