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A group of five Western community colleges approached ACCC in 2002 to seek support for a pan-Canadian meeting of educators of unregulated health care workers. The result was a National Symposium for Community College Educators of Unregulated Health Care Workers, which was held in Ottawa (February 2004). Over 70 community college participants from across Canada met to dialogue about the challenges and barriers that exist across provinces/territories relevant to the education of personal care providers. During the proceedings, support emerged for the establishment of an affinity group which eventually was named the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE). Over the past few years, CACCE has actively worked towards the development of national educational standards for personal care provider programs and in the process of doing so, has gathered information on core competencies across Canada.
Statement of Purpose
To strengthen the quality, effectiveness and delivery of education for personal care providers by:
The Colleges and Institutes Canada Continuing Care Affinity group, known as the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE), is a national network of college leaders, program coordinators and faculty responsible for the education of unregulated2; personal care providers. The CACCE believes that its members can influence the promotion of common core skills/competencies nationally by sharing knowledge and expertise through national and provincial/territorial collaboration. Personal care providers are known by a variety of names in different provinces such as (but not limited to) health care aide or assistant; personal support worker or continuing care assistant.
2 In the context of this document, unregulated care providers are paid care providers who are neither registered nor licensed by a regulatory body and who have no legally defined scope of practice. Source for wording: College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. (2007). Assigning and delegating to unregulated care providers. (CRNBC Publication No. 98). Retrieved September 9, 2011 from https://www.crnbc.ca/downloads/98.pdf?q=unregulated.
The mission of CACCE is to enhance the quality, effectiveness, and consistency of education for unregulated personal care providers in Canada. This can be accomplished by sharing expertise and knowledge among CACCE members and other stakeholders.
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