Physiotherapy Alberta – College + Association has a regulatory role in the approval of practice settings in which physiotherapy services are provided.

Section 10 of Schedule 20 of the Health Professions Act sets out where physiotherapists may provide professional services. 

10(1)  A regulated member of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association shall not provide a professional service except

  1. for or on behalf of a person who is a regulated member of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association,
  2. at or in association with a practice setting approved by an accreditation body approved by the council of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association, or
  3. at or in association with a practice setting approved by the council of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a regulated member of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association employed by

  1. an institution owned, operated or controlled by a government or an agency or department of a government,
  2. a nursing home, whether or not it is owned, operated or controlled by a government or an agency or department of a government,
  3. an approved hospital as defined in the Hospitals Act,
  4. a regional health authority, or
  5. other employers approved by the council of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association.

For the purposes of section 10(1)(b) of Schedule 20, the accreditation bodies approved by Council are:

  • Accreditation Canada
  • Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

For the purposes of section 10(1)(c) of Schedule 20, Council approves practice settings where regulated members of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association provide professional services for or on behalf of a person who is not a regulated member of the Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association provided the following conditions are met:

Ownership by a regulated member of a College under the Health Professions Act

  1. The practice setting is owned and operated by a regulated member (other than a physiotherapist) of a College under the Health Professions Act and,
  2. The practice setting has appointed a most responsible physiotherapist

Other ownership

The practice setting is owned by any other owner and the following conditions are met:

  1. The practice setting has appointed a most responsible physiotherapist
  2. The practice setting has appropriate policies and procedures in place that include but are not limited to:
    1. Standard employment/practice contract with physiotherapy staff;
    2. Practice setting’s privacy statement and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) if available;
    3. Practice setting’s policy and procedures that outline:
      1. Administrative, physical and technical safeguards in place to protect confidential information;
      2. Record keeping expectations;
      3. Information about storage, retention, access and disposal of clinical and financial records;
      4. Use, supervision and assignment of support personnel supervision;
      5. Infection prevention and control measures including hand washing facilities, clinic cleaning schedule, disposal of sharps, and reprocessing of equipment if applicable;
      6. Critical event management templates;
      7. Fee guidelines; and,
      8. Billing practices including the ability of physiotherapists to audit their billing records.
  3. The practice setting has a plan for how the policies and procedures are/will be communicated to physiotherapists and monitored.

The “most responsible physiotherapist” means a physiotherapist who has been appointed in writing to the role by the practice setting and who has accepted the appointment in writing. The most responsible physiotherapist is responsible to provide oversight ensuring that Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association’s standards of practice, code of ethics and other professional obligations are met. If the most responsible physiotherapist ceases to be employed at the practice setting then the most responsible physiotherapist is responsible for notifying Physiotherapy Alberta immediately.

Council delegates to the Registrar the authority to determine whether or not the conditions are met. The Registrar may, on behalf of Council, grant an indefinite approval of the practice setting, approval for a specified time period, and an approval subject to specified conditions.

Practice settings which do not receive approval by the Registrar because they do not meet the required conditions may apply to Council in writing asking that the practice setting be approved despite non-compliance with all conditions. Council has the discretion to accept or reject such applications and if Council grants an approval then Council may impose any conditions it considers appropriate.

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