Policy Development and Review

Ethics NSHA provides support to the development and review of health and organizational policies that have significant ethics dimensions. The Ethics Leads Group is responsible for the organization and delivery of ethics support for the development and review of health policies within NSHA. By doing so, Ethics NSHA assists in building an internal capacity for policy development and health policy analysis within the health authority. In some circumstances, an Ethics Leads Group or Zone Ethics Committee member becomes an active participant in the policy development working group that has been tasked to write the policy. Such working groups consist of participants from key stakeholder groups and relevant resource persons. In its engagement with policy development and review, Ethics NSHA pays particular attention to the identification of, and inclusion of members from, historically marginalized and otherwise disadvantaged social groups that are expected to be directly affected by policy development outcomes. This ensures that the perspectives and interests of these stakeholders are meaningfully included in policy development and review processes.

As components of its policy work, Ethics NSHA:

  • Provides leadership to the collaborative development of targeted, ethics-informed, decision-making frameworks, the use of which enhances accountability and provides legitimacy to the outcomes of policy-related decisions.  
  • Pro-actively identifies specific needs for the development of health policies with ethics dimensions.

Sample NSHA Health and Organizational Policies with Ethics Elements

  • Decision Making about Potentially Life-sustaining Treatment Policy
  • Consent to Treatment Policy
  • Organ and Tissue Donation After Cardiocirculatory Death Policy
  • Personal Directives Policy
  • Disclosure of Adverse Patient Safety Events and Harm
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Palliative Sedation Policy
  • Use of Seclusion on Mental Health Inpatient Services