The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) was proclaimed into force on January 1, 2014, with the College of Audiologists and Speech – Language Pathologists of Manitoba being the first regulatory college to be established under the legislation.
The Regulated Health Professions Act will eventually replace the current acts of 22 regulated health professions in Manitoba. Each profession will also have its own profession-specific regulations under the RHPA. This legislation ensures all health professions in Manitoba are governed by consistent, uniform legislation and regulations with a focus on patient safety.
The RHPA includes a new approach to regulating who does what in the provision of health care services. It does this by identifying certain health care activities as “reserved acts .” These are activities that could pose significant risk or possible harm to the public if performed by someone without the necessary education, competence and skill. There are twenty-one (21) reserved acts listed in the RHPA. Reserved acts may be shared with other professions and not all of them apply to psychiatric nursing practice.
The CRPNM will submit a proposal to Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL), on behalf of the profession, requesting authorization for the reserved acts for Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Manitoba. The proposal will identify how RPNs are educated, qualified, and competent to perform the reserved acts being requested.
This legislation will eventually be the governing legislation for the Registered Psychiatric Nurse profession in Manitoba, replacing the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act. However, in the meantime, the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Act remains in force until the CRPNM transitions under the RHPA.
A link to the RHPA can be found here.