Written by Joanne Longson, Managing Consultant Accreditation, Clinical Quality & Patient Safety

The new Health Standards Organization is looking for people who share a passion for achieving quality health services for all, and who want to co-design standards, identify and assess leading practices.

Accreditation Canada launched an affiliate organization in February 2017 called Health Standards Organization (HSO) that will develop the standards used in the Qmentum Accreditation Program. The standards are being developed with Technical Committees that are made up of patients, families, product users, policy makers and those with a general interest in a particular standard being developed.

If you have significant and recent experience accessing health services and care (for yourself or as a carer); are a clinician, frontline care provider or health service administrator; are a researcher, government or regulatory body, or health services stakeholder, then HSO is looking for you.

HSO is currently recruiting people to join the following Technical Committees:

Time Commitment

While the Technical Committees will be standing, the length of term for members will be two to three years. The time commitment for members will be approximately seven to 10 hours per month, which includes pre-reading, teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, etc.

Financial Assistance 

Participation on a technical committee is a volunteer activity, however financial compensation is available to those patients or family members who can demonstrate hardship due to actual loss of income their participation would incur. Individuals who are supported by their organizations to attend on-site meetings or receiving a pension are not eligible to receive compensation.

For more information and to apply, visit HSO Technical Committee Recruitment.


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