When a Paramedic is inactive from clinical practice for a period of greater than 180 days, the Paramedic is administratively deactivated. While on administrative deactivation does not relate to the performance of the Paramedic in any way, they are required to undergo a Return to Clinical Practice (RTCP) process prior to having their certification reinstated. This RTCP process will allow for a safe and comfortable re-entry to clinical practice for the Paramedic.
The RTCP process will begin upon CPER receiving the appropriate RTCP documentation from the Service Operators. A RTCP plan is created by CPER and the details of this plan are forwarded to the Service Operator for completion.
When creating a RTCP plan, CPER follows a set of guidelines, while at the same time considering any relevant activities the Paramedic may have been performing while away from clinical practice. With that in mind, the RTCP plan is personalized to the needs of the Paramedic, to encourage a seamless transition back to full duties. The RTCP process is specifically designed to be supportive in nature and may include scenarios, skills assessments, clinical rotations, written evaluations, Paramedic interviews and/or other requirements that may be deemed necessary by CPER.
To view CPER's policy on Return to Clinical Practice please CLICK HERE