Continuing Care Assistant Program

CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework
CCA SoP and Competency Framework-DHW Approval May 2019.pdf
CCA Competency Framework Recommendations February 11 2019.pdf
Appendix B CCA Entry-Level Competencies Working Group TOR.pdf

On behalf of the CCAPAC and the CCA Entry-Level Competencies Working Group I am pleased to forward the new CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework, approved by Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), May 2019.

Also found above is the recommendation report submitted to DHW by CCAPAC.  With the above noted approval, Recommendation 1 has been accepted.  Recommendation 2 and 3 require commitment and leadership from all the stakeholders in the health industry.  We look forward to working with you to accomplish those recommendations.

As a summary, the CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework defines the CCA Scope of Practice; as such, encompasses the roles, responsibilities, functions, and competencies of the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) who provides personal care and support for activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). It also outlines the limitations under which these services may be provided.

The CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework supports a systematic approach for the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) and the health care industry to define and communicate required competencies for the CCA occupation (CCA Scope of Practice). The competency-based approach allows for continuous maintenance and validation of the CCA’s competency requirements as health care needs evolve and is foundational to building a sustainable, effective, and productive CCA workforce.  The CCA Scope of Practice and Competency Framework:

  • Provides common understanding and language as it relates to the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) necessary for the CCA occupation and how CCAs can contribute to meeting organizational needs. 
  • Aids employers in the systematic management and succession planning of their CCA workforce. Employers can use the framework to develop consistent, reliable and valid hiring practices, performance management, and continued competency development. The framework provides entry level criteria to develop scope of employment and job descriptions. 
  • Provides DHW, employers, CCAPAC, educators and other stakeholders with clear definitions of competency requirements which support further development and implementation of performance evaluation tools. 

Adoption of the framework supports an effective and sustainable CCA workforce. Updating and revalidating the framework requires an effective formalized process be established and implemented by the relevant stakeholders (DHW, CCA employers, CCAPAC). 

If you have questions or wish to discuss how this can be moved forward, please email or call.

Pam Shipley
Manager, CCA Program and Dementia Understanding the Journey
2 Dartmouth Road
Bedford, NS  B4A 2K7
Phone: 902-832-8526
Fax: 902-832-8505
Email: pam.shipley@healthassociation.ns.ca