Each year, all members on the General Register will participate in two activities to meet the Program requirements:
- One College-directed activity
- One Member-led activity
College-directed Activity (Design)
Designed to raise the profession's collective awareness of issues and matters deemed important by Physiotherapy Alberta. Mandatory participation ensures a profession-wide collective and common understanding of a subject.
Types of Activities
Professional issues quiz or educational modules (e.g., safety, ethics, jurisprudence, self-assessment, practice audit).
Reporting + Monitoring
- Participation reporting and monitoring will be based on the features of the activity.
- College tracks participation and successful completion.
Member-led Activity (Design)
Designed to ensure physiotherapists implement and report on at least one substantive practice monitoring or practice enhancement activity each year.
Types of Activities
Members will choose one activity from the menu of options which are grouped into three categories:
- Practice review and monitoring
- Knowledge building and translation
- Professional collaboration
Reporting + Monitoring
Mandatory annual reporting on activity participation, implementation, and its impact.
Practice Review + Monitoring: what it is and why it counts
Self-directed evaluative activity that monitors practice against defined benchmarks and provides information for practice improvement.
Evaluation focuses on:
- Physiotherapist's competence
- Patient care practices
- Practice environment
Activities include gathering feedback or information from external sources (i.e. accreditation-organization, colleagues, patients, performance evaluation, results of tests or assignments rated by an accredited organization).
Participation results in receiving summative and formative information anchored to standards which:
- Confirms practice is meeting benchmarks
- Serves as a stimulus for further practice improvement (i.e. cues to action)
Promotes deep learning, critical thinking (case studies/patient reflection).
Individual Skill Set
Self-Assessment of Essential Competencies for Physiotherapist
Practice Enhancement/Personal Learning Plan
Peer review and feedback on Practice Enhancement Plans/Learning Plans
Canadian Physiotherapy Association specialization assessment
Knowledge assessment (i.e. affiliated with a program of study tests administered by accredited organizations Universities, Certification Programs)
APTA recertification exam
Knowledge/competence assessments FOR learning (i.e. assessments that take place for the purposes of benchmarking and identifying areas for practice improvement
Patient Care Practices
Patient Care Reflection – self-administered or peer administered
Patient Case Study
Critical Incident/Significant events Assessment
Review of patient complaints/compliments
Clinical outcomes analysis (i.e. FOTO reports)
Chart Audit (minimum of 10 charts)
Quality Improvement Tools
Privacy Practices Audit
Standards Review and Audit¥
PDSA, FADE, Six Sigma
Accreditation Activity (CARF)
AHS – CRP Site Assessment
Quality Improvement project (evaluating + improvement)
Safety and Risk Assessment
Occupational Hazards Assessment
Critical Events Analysis
Knowledge Building + Translation: what it is and why it counts
Activities focused on acquiring new or expanding upon explicit, technical and systems knowledge needed for quality physiotherapist practice.
Information is gathered through participation in formal organized educational events and self-organized activities. Information gathered is substantive, practice relevant and from credible sources and then applied in a meaningful way to the physiotherapist’s practice context.
Participation ensures physiotherapist’s practice knowledge is regularly updated so it is consistent with best practices and emerging evidence.
Organized Formal Instructional Events
Continuing Education Event
Certificate courses from accredited organizations
Organized Online learning (MOOC’s)
Self-organized knowledge and skill development using informal instructional resources
Web-resources to inform personal learning or patient care/practice improvement (i.e. job aids, blogs, newsfeeds)
Reading current research from publications
Writing articles for publication, including Physiotherapy Alberta publications
Professional Collaboration: what it is and why it counts
Activities focused on professional contributions and collaborative endeavors which often are part of the daily work with others in teams and groups or other professional activities.
Outcomes of professional collaboration may be difficult to quantify, codify or standardize because they are products of social interaction, social referencing, informal, and experiential learning.
Key to collaboration is active engagement for the purposes of practice improvement. Practice is enhanced through the development and acquisition of non-technical, leadership, intuitive, emotional intelligence, professional socialization or social referencing skills. Tacit knowledge may be exchanged which improves confidence, reasoning and/or decision making.
Participation in quality improvement projects/stretch projects can also be included here as well as attendance at group events where the main benefit was due to professional interaction rather than information from presenters.
Participation results in improved individual competence, patient care or health services but the reported benefits will be highly individualized based on the context and perceptions of the experience.
Mentoring peers (e.g., new grads, CPA divisions)
Ignitephysio actual posts and blog contributions
Community of Practice/Professional Interest Group
Group focused on learning new clinical practice information
Group focused on improving patient care or work processes
Quality improvement project participation
Volunteering with Physiotherapy Alberta
Volunteering with Canadian Physiotherapy Association divisions
Volunteering with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators
Peer review and feedback session with colleagues practice enhancement plan, patient care reflections or other audit activity
Other group activities involving leading or contributing to professional learning or practice improvement projects
Click here to provide feedback on the Practice Monitoring + Development design and activities list. Deadline date for feedback is November 6, 2017.