Health Services

Health Services (SH)

Definition

Health Services (SH) Group Definition

On pursuant to paragraph 11.1(1)(b) of the Financial Administration Act, the Treasury Board of Canada approved a revised Health Services (SH) Occupational Group definition to incorporate the work of medical adjudication.

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of dentistry, medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy, psychology and social work to the safety and physical and mental well-being of people; and, in the field of veterinary medicine, to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases and the determination of the human safety of veterinary drugs.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental disease and abnormal dental conditions, and the management of dental health programs;
  2. the conduct and management of programs to promote public and individual health and the reduction of disease;
  3. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disability and abnormal physical and mental conditions;
  4. the assessment of the incidence and prevalence of diseases; the assessment of the fitness for work of Public Service employees; the medical assessment of applicants for immigration into Canada; and the assessment of the medical fitness of aviation personnel;
  5. the assessment of medical fitness for the determination of disability and other federal government benefits, special equipment and services to eligible applicants;
  6. the appraisal of drugs and medical devices for safety and efficacy under the conditions of their intended use;
  7. the assessment of medical information for the purposes of determining eligibility of applicants for a government program requiring knowledge associated with a registered nurse;
  8. the care of patients and the treatment and management of illness in co-operation with medical doctors, and the provision of specialized nursing services;
  9. the evaluation of nursing policies, procedures, standards and practices and the conduct of related research and education;
  10. the development of standards and guides in the field of nutrition and dietetics; the assessment of nutritional requirements and provision of nutrition and dietetic services; the provision of nutritional education and information; the management of nutritional programs; and the management of food services;
  11. the assessment and treatment of clients for whom occupational or physical therapy services are required for the improvement or maintenance of their well-being;
  12. the planning and management of client treatment or health education programs delivered by other health care providers;
  13. the compounding and dispensing of drugs; and the maintenance and control or the audit of drug stocks;
  14. the conduct of research in human behaviour, the assessment of human motives, abilities, skills, decisions and acts, and the treatment of human behaviour;
  15. the promotion of individual, group and community well-being through the identification and assessment of social needs; and the planning, development and delivery and management of social programs and social work services with the objective of lessening, removing or preventing the physical, emotional and material problems of individuals, families or groups;
  16. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases; the examination of animals, organs and tissues to determine whether they are diseased or potentially harmful to people or animals; and the evaluation of veterinary drugs to determine their human safety;
  17. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  18. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group or those in which one or more of the following activities is of primary importance:

  1. the inspection of techniques and technical processes and products to ascertain conformity with prescribed standards;
  2. the inspection and regulation of the manufacture, processing, labelling and advertising of drugs for compliance with drug control legislation; and
  3. the planning, development, delivery or management of policies, programs, services or other activities dealing with the social development, settlement, adjustment and rehabilitation of groups, communities or individuals including the planning, development and delivery of welfare services.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of dentistry, medicine, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy, psychology, social work or veterinary medicine such as registered nursing assistants, community health representatives, dental hygienists or dental therapists;
  2. as primary activities, engage in research in microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, virology or related biological sciences; and
  3. perform research and investigative work in various scientific disciplines pertaining to the materials and processes of basic nutrition.
Job Evaluation Standard

Job Evaluation Standard

There is no job evaluation standard for the SH group. Please refer to the job evaluation standards for the following health services work:

  • Dentistry (DE)
  • Medicine (ME)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (DE)
  • Nursing (NU)
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy (OP)
  • Pharmacy (PH)
  • Psychology (PS)
  • Social Work (SW)
  • Veterinary Medicine (VM)
Qualification Standard

Qualification Standard

There is no qualification standard for the SH group. Please refer to the qualification standards for the following health services work:

  • Dentistry (DE)
  • Medicine (ME)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (DE)
  • Nursing (NU)
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy (OP)
  • Pharmacy (PH)
  • Psychology (PS)
  • Social Work (SW)
  • Veterinary Medicine (VM)

Dentistry (DE)

Definition

Dentistry (DE) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of dentistry to the physical well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dental disease and abnormal dental conditions, and the management of dental health programs;
  2. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  3. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of dentistry such as dental hygienists or dental therapists
Job Evaluation Standard

Dentistry (DE) Job Evaluation Standard

To obtain a copy of the DE Job Evaluation Standard please contact TBS Public Enquiries.

Medicine (MD)

Definition

Medicine (MD) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields medicine to the safety and physical and mental well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the conduct and management of programs to promote public and individual health and the reduction of disease;
  2. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disability and abnormal physical and mental conditions;
  3. the assessment of the incidence and prevalence of diseases; the assessment of the fitness for work of Public Service employees; the medical assessment of applicants for immigration into Canada; and the assessment of the medical fitness of aviation personnel;
  4. the assessment of medical fitness for the determination of disability and other federal government benefits, special equipment and services to eligible applicants;
  5. the appraisal of drugs and medical devices for safety and efficacy under the conditions of their intended use;
  6. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  7. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of medicine;
  2. as primary activities, engage in research in microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, virology or related biological sciences

MD-MOF

Medicine – Medical Officer (MD-MOF) Sub-group Definition

The performance, provision of advice on, supervision, or direction of professional and scientific work in one or more fields of medicine.

Inclusions

Positions included in this sub-group are those that require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of medicine in the performance of one or more of the following duties:

  • the conduct of programs to promote public or individual health;
  • the provision of medical and health services or their planning and evaluation;
  • the appraisal of drugs for safety and efficacy under conditions of their intended use;
  • the assessment of physical or mental disability for compensation or other benefit purposes;
  • the conduct of research and experimental work in the causes, incidences and prevalence of diseases, methods of treatment, or prevention and control of diseases, other physical conditions or specific health problems;
  • the provision of advice;
  • the supervision and direction of any of the above duties.
Exclusions

Positions excluded from this sub-group are those that require the practice of a medical specialty.

MD-MSP

Medicine – Medical Specialist (MD-MSP) Sub-group Definition

The practice, the supervision or direction of the practice of a medical specialty in federal hospitals, clinics or other facilities.

Inclusions

Positions included in this sub-group are those that require the application of specialist medical training and knowledge in the performance of one or more of the following duties-:

  • the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of human diseases, disabilities and disorders following the prescribed methods and procedures of a particular medical specialty;
  • the teaching and training of medical students, residents and other hospital personnel;
  • the provision of medical consultations;
  • the conduct of theoretical and applied research in a medical specialty;
  • the supervision or direction of any of the above duties.
Exclusions

Positions excluded from this sub-group are those that do not require the practice of a medical specialty.

Job Evaluation Standard

Medicine (MD) Job Evaluation Standard

To obtain a copy of the MD Job Evaluation Standard please contact TBS Public Enquiries.

Nutrition and Dietetics (ND)

Definition

Nutrition and Dietetics (ND) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of nutrition and dietetics to the physical well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the development of standards and guides in the field of nutrition and dietetics; the assessment of nutritional requirements and provision of nutrition and dietetic services; the provision of nutritional education and information; the management of nutritional programs; and the management of food services;
  2. the assessment and treatment of clients for whom occupational or physical therapy services are required for the improvement or maintenance of their well-being;
  3. the planning and management of client treatment or health education programs delivered by other health care providers;
  4. the compounding and dispensing of drugs; and the maintenance and control or the audit of drug stocks;
  5. the conduct of research in human behaviour, the assessment of human motives, abilities, skills, decisions and acts, and the treatment of human behaviour;
  6. the promotion of individual, group and community well-being through the identification and assessment of social needs; and the planning, development and delivery and management of social programs and social work services with the objective of lessening, removing or preventing the physical, emotional and material problems of individuals, families or groups;
  7. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases; the examination of animals, organs and tissues to determine whether they are diseased or potentially harmful to people or animals; and the evaluation of veterinary drugs to determine their human safety;
  8. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  9. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and dietetics;
  2. perform research and investigative work in various scientific disciplines pertaining to the materials and processes of basic nutrition.

ND-ADV

Nutrition and Dietetics – Advisory (ND-ADV) Sub-group Definition

The provision of advice and information on studies or programs related to nutrition, nutrition education and dietetics.

Inclusions

Positions included in the sub-group are those in which one or more of the following duties is of primary importance:

  • the provision of advice and information on nutritional matters to native communities;
  • the provision of advice and information on the conduct and evaluation of studies or programs related to nutrition, nutrition education and dietetics;
  • the writing and editing of papers and reports;
  • the supervision or direction of any of the above duties.

ND-DIT

Nutrition and Dietetics – Dietitian (ND-DIT) Sub-group Definition

The management of food services; the analysis of food requirements of patients and the planning of menus and therapeutic diets; the provision of advice on dietary problems.

Inclusions

Positions included in the Dietician sub-group are those in which one or more of the following duties is of primary importance:

  • the planning of menus and therapeutic diets;
  • the management of food services in a hospital or similar treatment facility;
  • the provision of advice on nutritional problems of individuals requiring therapeutic diets;
  • the writing and editing of papers and reports;
  • the supervision or direction of any of the above duties.

ND-HME

Nutrition and Dietetics – Home Economist (ND-HME) Sub-group Definition

The conduct or evaluation of experimental studies or programs in foods, nutrition and food market research; the communication of the results to the public; the provision of advice.

Inclusions

Positions included in the sub-group are those in which one or more of the following duties is of primary importance:

  • the development of technical marketing information, the evaluation of methods of food preparation and preservation;
  • the writing and editing of material on foods for publication or audio-visual presentation to the media, food industry and government;
  • the provision of advice on food preparation, preservation and related topics;
  • the supervision or direction of any of the above duties.

Nursing (NU)

Definition

Nursing (NU) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of nursing to the physical and mental well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the assessment of medical information for the purposes of determining eligibility of applicants for a government program requiring knowledge associated with a registered nurse;
  2. the care of patients and the treatment and management of illness in co-operation with medical doctors, and the provision of specialized nursing services;
  3. the evaluation of nursing policies, procedures, standards and practices and the conduct of related research and education;
  4. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  5. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of nursing, such as registered nursing assistants, community health representatives

NU-CHN

Nursing – Community Health (NU-CHN) Sub-group Definition

The provision of health guidance and nursing care to individuals, families and groups in the home and community directed towards the prevention of disease and the promotion and maintenance of health; the provision of consultative services.

Inclusion

Positions included in this sub-group are those that require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of nursing and related experience in the performance of one or more of the following:

  • the planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of community health services;
  • the provision of health surveillance and the referral to the appropriate health agency;
  • investigation into community health problems;
  • counselling on health;
  • the management of medical or health emergencies and routine health problems;
  • the planning, organization, implementation or evaluation of related education programs;
  • the co-ordination of community health nursing activities of the department with other services;
  • the development or evaluation of policies, programs, procedures and standards;
  • the development of priorities and the design, conduct and evaluation of research;
  • the writing and editing of papers and reports;
  • the provision of advice;
  • the supervision or direction of any of the above duties.
Exclusions

Positions excluded from this sub-group are those that are included in the Hospital Nursing Sub-group.

NU-EMA

Nursing – Community Health (NU-EMA) Sub-group Definition

Positions responsible for determining the medical eligibility of applicants for a government program or for the provision of expert advice related to medical adjudication.

Inclusion

Positions included in this sub-group are those that primarily require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of nursing and related experience in the provision of one or more of the following:

  • the assessment of medical information for the purposes of determining eligibility of applicants for a government program;
  • the provision of specialised or expert advice with respect to the above duties;
  • the provision of direction and functionnal guidance related to any of the above duties.
Exclusions

Positions excluded from this sub-group are those that are included in the Hospital and Community Nursing Sub-groups.

NU-HOS

Nursing – Hospital Nursing (NU-HOS) Sub-group Definition

The care of clients in co-operation with medical doctors in the management of the treatment of physical or psychological disease of clients and the provision of consultative services within treatment institutions.

Inclusions

Positions included in this sub-group are those that require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of nursing and specialized skills in the performance of one or more of the following:

  • the assessment and evaluation of patients’ symptoms, response and progress, the identification of clients’ needs, and the development of nursing care plans;
  • the implementation of nursing care plans, including the counselling of clients and families, and the recording of observations;
  • the provision of specialized nursing services;
  • the planning, organization, conduct or evaluation of related education programs;
  • the development or evaluation of policies, programs, procedures and standards;
  • the development of priorities and the design, conduct and evaluation of research;
  • the writing and editing of papers and reports;
  • the provision of advice;
  • the supervision or direction of any of the above duties.
Exclusions

Positions excluded from this sub-group are those that are included in the Community Health Nursing Sub-group.

Occupational and Physical Therapy (OP)

Definition

Occupational and Physical Therapy (OP) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of occupational and physical therapy, to the physical well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the assessment and treatment of clients for whom occupational or physical therapy services are required for the improvement or maintenance of their well-being;
  2. the planning and management of client treatment or health education programs delivered by other health care providers;
  3. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  4. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of occupational and physical therapy
Job Evaluation Standard

Occupational and Physical Therapy (OP) Job Evaluation Standard

To obtain a copy of the OP Job Evaluation Standard please contact TBS Public Enquiries.

Pharmacy (PH)

Definition

Pharmacy (PH) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of pharmacy to the physical and mental well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the compounding and dispensing of drugs; and the maintenance and control or the audit of drug stocks;
  2. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  3. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group or those in which one or more of the following activities is of primary importance:

  1. the inspection of techniques and technical processes and products to ascertain conformity with prescribed standards;
  2. the inspection and regulation of the manufacture, processing, labelling and advertising of drugs for compliance with drug control legislation

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of pharmacy
Job Evaluation Standard

Pharmacy (PH) Job Evaluation Standard

To obtain a copy of the PH Job Evaluation Standard please contact TBS Public Enquiries.

Psychology (PS)

Definition

Psychology (PS) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of psychology of physical and mental well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the conduct of research in human behaviour, the assessment of human motives, abilities, skills, decisions and acts, and the treatment of human behaviour;
  2. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  3. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of psychology

Social Work (SW)

Definition

Social Work (SW) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the fields of social work to the physical and mental well-being of people.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the promotion of individual, group and community well-being through the identification and assessment of social needs; and the planning, development and delivery and management of social programs and social work services with the objective of lessening, removing or preventing the physical, emotional and material problems of individuals, families or groups;
  2. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  3. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group or those in which one or more of the following activities is of primary importance:

  1. the planning, development, delivery or management of policies, programs, services or other activities dealing with the social development, settlement, adjustment and rehabilitation of groups, communities or individuals including the planning, development and delivery of welfare services.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of social work

SW-CHA

Social Work – Chaplain (SW-CHA) Sub-group Definition

The identification and assessment of individual and group religious and spiritual needs; the provision of advice and counselling service to patients and inmates. The conducting of divine services and religious exercises; the provision of spiritual consolation to hospital patients; the organization of inmate programs in collaboration with the social development staff and members of outside communities; the provision of religious education to patients, inmates and staff; the arranging for material assis-tance for patients and inmates during periods of adjustment and rehabilitation; the provision of training and assessment programs directed towards the development of clinical pastoral education; the planning, organizing and coordination of chaplaincy activities on regional and national bases.

Inclusions

Positions included in the sub-group are those that involve the performance of chaplaincy duties.

SW-SCW

Social Work – Social Welfare (SW-SCW) Sub-group Definition

The promotion of individual, group and community welfare through the identification and assessment of social needs, and the planning, development and conduct of social welfare programs and social work services with the object of lessening, removing or preventing the physical, emotional and material problems of individuals, families or groups; the provision of advice.

Inclusions

Positions included in the sub-group are those that require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of social work.

Veterinary Medicine (VM)

Definition

Veterinary Medicine (VM) Definition Excerpt of full SH Definition

The Health Services Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the application of a comprehensive knowledge of professional specialties in the field of veterinary medicine, to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases and the determination of the human safety of veterinary drugs.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases; the examination of animals, organs and tissues to determine whether they are diseased or potentially harmful to people or animals; and the evaluation of veterinary drugs to determine their human safety;
  2. the provision of advice in the above fields; and
  3. the leadership of any of the above activities

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Health Services Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group.

Also excluded are positions that:

  1. do not require the application of a comprehensive knowledge of veterinary medicine
Job Evaluation Standard

Veterinary Medicine (VM) Job Evaluation Standard

To obtain a copy of the VM Job Evaluation Standard please contact TBS Public Enquiries.

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