How do I become a surveyor with the Diagnostic Accreditation Program?
There are a number of steps involved in becoming a surveyor for the DAP. Firstly, you need to complete the relevant application form and submit it to the DAP. Following this, your application will be reviewed and if you are a suitable candidate, we will contact you to arrange a suitable date for you to attend an orientation session. We then ask that you complete your first survey within 3 months of attending orientation so that you are able to put everything you learned into practice.
How much time will it take up?
The majority of DAP peer Surveyors work full time at one of the many health facilities throughout British Columbia. Because of this, the DAP has tried to minimize the amount of time spent away from your current workplace. There are the following time commitments associated with being a DAP surveyor:
2 hours of pre-reading. Material will be provided 1-2 weeks prior to your orientation session
4 hours of in room training. The in-room training takes place in the DAP Vancouver offices. Additional time may be required if you need to travel to Vancouver
Each survey takes approximately 8 hours.
Additional time may be required for travel.
Occasionally, you will be required to travel the night before the survey and stay overnight.
When traveling to remote locations, we try to complete multiple surveys in one trip meaning you may be away for up to 3 days.
- Annual development sessions will be organized and provided by the DAP and you are encouraged to attend these sessions.
- Time may be needed for refresher/remedial training which will be providedon an on-going basis as needed.
- Time may be required for the review of Surveyor resources which will be provided on an on-going basis as necessary.
How many surveys will I have to do each year?
There is no minimum requirement for the number of surveys you complete each year. Ideally, we would like you to complete one survey every 6 months so that you maintain your surveying proficiency throughout the year.
I am an XYZ technologist; will I only survey XYZ departments?
You will only be required to survey in areas that you are currently practising in. For example, we will not assign an EEG Technologist to evaluate EMG if they do not have current work experience in that area.
Will training be provided?
Yes. In preparation for surveying, all of our Surveyors receive orientation that takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete. The orientation is provided at our Vancouver office. During the orientation we discuss the content of the standards/criteria and how to assess them, use of the surveyor protocols, how to record observations and make recommendations, and other important information for surveyors to know.
Where are orientation sessions held?
Orientation is held in our Vancouver office which is located at 300-669 Howe Street, Vancouver.
On what dates are the orientations?
Once you have submitted your application and are identified as a suitable Surveyor candidate, you will be contacted by the DAP to set up an orientation date.
Do I get paid for training?
We provide an honorarium for attendance at orientation.
The DAP will also directly pay for or reimburse all travel expenses associated with these activities in accordance with the College policy. For orientation purposes, you are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. Expenses will be reimbursed when an honorarium form is submitted following the orientation session.
When after the orientation/survey will I be reimbursed for expenses?
Once we receive your honorarium form, it generally takes 7-10 business days for your cheque to be put in the mail.
How do surveyors get the time off to survey? Do they take a Leave of Absence or vacation days to complete surveys?
It is up to each individual Surveyor. Some Surveyors take vacation days, some take unpaid leave and others have agreements with their health authority that allows them to survey a set number of sites per year. In this case, they are paid their normal wage by their health authority and the honorarium is paid to the health authority instead of the individual.
Are survey dates flexible to accomodate my schedule?
Surveys are generally scheduled 9 months in advance so there is little flexibility in the dates.You will be provided with date of upcoming surveys approximately 4 to 6 months in advance of scheduled survey dates and you will be able to choose surveys which accommodate your schedule.
Where would I survey?
Our surveys take place throughout British Columbia. You will not survey within your own health authority.
How do I get my Surveyor Package?
Surveyor packages are mailed to each surveyor 2 weeks prior to the survey date. The DAP prefers to send packages to work addresses as we use Medical Transport Service because they provide quick and effective delivery timeframes.
What will be in a Surveyor package?
Surveyor packages will contain background information on the facility being surveyed, survey protocols and travel information.
What will I be paid as a Surveyor?
We provide an honorarium for all surveying. The DAP will also reimburse all travel expenses associated with these activities in accordance with DAP policy. For survey purposes, the DAP will co-ordinate all travel logistics as we are often co-ordinating a team of surveyors. You will be consulted prior to bookings to ensure that you can commit to specific flight times etc. Flights are paid for by DAP but you will be responsible for hotel expenses and rental cars as well as meals throughout your survey trip. All expenses will be reimbursed when an honorarium form is submitted following the survey.
What happens after a survey a site?
Following your on-site survey, the DAP will compile the Accreditation Report. The Accreditation Report is then reviewed by the DAP Committee who decide the Accreditation status for each facility.
Who can I contact for further information?
Please contact Cathy Soloveoff at 604.694.6293 for further answers to any questions that you may have.