Occupational Therapy is a self-regulated profession. The Government of Saskatchewan has delegated the authority of its regulatory functions to the Saskatchewan College of Occupational Therapists. The mandate of a self-regulated profession is to protect the public. There are 27 other health-related professions with the authority to regulate their profession in Saskatchewan, which can be found on the Network of Interprofessional Regulatory Organizations (NIRO) website.
Concerns with an OT Practice
The Saskatchewan College of Occupational Therapists exists to protect the public. Protection happens through promoting good practice, preventing poor practice, and intervening in cases of unacceptable occupational therapy practice. As part of this role, SCOT receives and investigates complaints about the occupational therapy practice of SCOT members and orders appropriate remedial or disciplinary actions as required.
Who May Make a Complaint?
A complaint against an SCOT member may be reported by any member of the public. This includes clients, employers, other health professionals and co-workers. How does someone make a complaint about an Occupational Therapist? A complaint must be made in writing and sent to the SCOT office at:
Post Office Box:
The complainant should include as many details as possible, such as:
name of the Occupational Therapist
date, time, place of the therapy service or incident
names of persons involved
description of the therapy service or incident
What happens when a complaint is received?
The Professional Conduct Committee will work with a lawyer to investigate the complaint. The committee will use the information gathered in its investigation to determine the appropriate action. The determination decision will be reported to SCOT Council, the Discipline Committee, the OT in question, and the complainant.