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Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Organizational structure

The Shared Governance model is an accountability-based approach, which seeks to ensure that the majority of decisions within the Emergency Department are made as close to the point of service as possible. It is a framework for departmental effectiveness providing a context for, partnership, equity, accountability and ownership. Under this model, seven key committees have been formed through multi-disciplinary representation from the Emergency Department. Each Council has its own mandate, goals, objectives and terms of reference.

The Governance Council

Sets the processes for:

  • Strategic planning, vision, and mission statements.
  • Setting goals and targets for the department.
  • Monitors the overall operation of the department.
  • Deals with issues not governed by any other council.
  • Acts as a formal link between the councils.

The Policy & Practice Council

  • Reviews, promotes, facilitates, and evaluates professional practice.
  • Develops, reviews and approves policies and procedures related to practice in the ED.
  • Fosters continuous improvement in patient care.

The Education Council

  • Provides a forum for discussion, promotion and facilitation of education that fosters professional practice.
  • Identifies staff learning needs.
  • Develops plans to meet staff educational needs.
  • Develops a fair and equitable system to reimburse staff’s educational expenses.

The Human Resources Council

  • Examines the human resource needs of the Emergency Department
  • Develops and reviews job descriptions that are specific to the ED.
  • Interview and select new employees.

Scheduling Council

  • Manages staffing and assignment issues within the allotted budget
  • To match staff skills with patient and departmental needs.
  • To develop rules and systems regarding schedule changes.

Ethics & Quality Management Council

  • Provides a forum for discussion of ethical situations in the department.
  • Monitors Risk and Quality Management issues in the Emergency Department.
  • Develops audit tools, and implement audits.
  • Recommends practice change when appropriate.

Social Council

  • Works to boost the morale with the department, and to create a cohesive relationship between staff.
  • Plans activities based on staff interest and recommendations