A health emergency can present unique challenges for kinesiologists that extend beyond disruption to daily practice. In a health emergency such as a pandemic, kinesiologists may be redeployed (or offer their services voluntarily) to an unfamiliar practice setting. As part of a redeployment, kinesiologists may be asked to perform tasks outside their normal practice or personal sphere of competence. Kinesiologists may also be asked to manage a team of health professionals during a health emergency.
The Ontario Government has the authority to make orders and update regulations and legislation directing the activities of regulated health professionals during health emergencies. These orders can give employers such as hospitals and long-term care homes the authority to re-order staff priorities to address infection control, care of patients by:
- redeploying staff within different locations in (or between) facilities;
- redeploying staff to work in pandemic assessment and/or vaccination centres;
- changing the assignment of work, including assigning non-bargaining unit employees or contractors to perform bargaining unit work;
- bringing in emergency service workers who did not previously work for the employer; and
- providing appropriate training or education as needed to staff to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.
The following FAQs provide answers to questions received by the College during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the questions and responses relate to care/service that did not involve assignment of controlled acts. In light of temporary regulatory changes effective December 22, 2021, there have been questions regarding performance of controlled acts. For information on delegation and controlled acts, read the Practice Guideline- Scope of Practice, Controlled Acts and Delegation.
Health emergencies are fluid situations and information changes quickly. These FAQs will be updated as needed.