Education Committee – Terms of Reference

The mission of the Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH) Education Committee is to provide leadership in the national development of simulation education by serving as a resource for the CNSH Board, its members, national health leaders, local, provincial or national Government Agencies/Programs, Simulation programs and the general public.  The Committee shall lead, or contribute to, the development of simulation education/experiential learning content , and/or education standards through advocacy, expert consultation, networking and collaborative research as deemed appropriate by the Committee and as approved/directed by the CNSH Board.

Membership

  • The Committee Chair shall be appointed by the CNSH Board.
  • All members of the Committee shall be members in good standing with the CNSH.
  • Usually, there will be 8 to 10 members of the Committee with the precise number being at the discretion of the Committee Chairperson.

Terms of Office

  • Committee members shall be elected by the CNSH membership and may serve for 2 years.  If elected, a member may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.
  • After service of two terms, and following a year of absence, a member may again be nominated for Office.

Accountability

The Education Committee is responsible for the following:

  1.  Develop and recommend policy on all aspects of simulation education and standards consistent with the CNSH goals and priorities.  The committee shall work with the communications committee toward achieving a national adoption of these standards.
  2. Contribute to the development of educational programs for undergraduate and postgraduate health sciences students, regulated and non-regulated health care providers, and the public with a goal to facilitating excellence in health education/experiential learning that results in improved quality and patient safety.
  3. Develop and foster linkages with external organizations to promote and develop continuing professional development and research within simulation education.
  4. Facilitate research and monitoring of health care delivery and health system management to identify opportunities for enhancement through simulation education/experiential learning.
  5. As appropriate, to develop simulation learning resources such as videos, films, teaching slides, computer based problem solving programs and other resources which can enhance the resources available to support self-directed learning or delivery of simulation education in Canada.
  6. To take the initiative in organizing workshops required for the enhancement of education related to simulation education, management or service delivery.
  7. To prepare a yearly budget to be presented to the CNSH Board at  the Annual General Meeting for review and approval.
  8. Report as required to the Board.

Chair of the Education Committee

  •  The Chair shall be responsible for chairing the meetings, ensuring the meetings move forward efficiently, and for quarterly reports on Committee activities to the Board.
  • The Chair shall liaise directly with the Communications Committee on a regular basis to ensure appropriate planning for recruitment strategies and other committees as may be appropriate from time to time.

Meetings

  • Meetings will be convened on an as needed basis but no less than quarterly.
  • Meetings may be held in person, or electronic means such as telephone, videoconference or by email.

Quorum

  • Quorum shall be a majority of the membership of the committee.

Governance

  • Recommendations and decisions of the Membership Committee, to the extent decisions may be rendered, shall be made by consensus.
  • The Membership Committee shall report to the Board.

Record-Keeping of Decisions

  • The Chair shall ensure that a record of all decisions and recommendations of the Membership Committee is maintained.
  • The Chair may appoint a recording secretary as appropriate.