Program elements form the foundation of a program. Not only do they guide program development, they are also the yardstick used when an organization wants to evaluate what it did and why. Council has developed the following elements to guide the Continuing Competence Program’s re-design.
Program Philosophy: vision for the Program
The Continuing Competence Program promotes, supports and monitors the delivery of quality physiotherapy practice by mitigating risks and supporting healthy physiotherapist practice.
Assumptions about our member Physiotherapists: beliefs ‘assumed’ to be true in the future
- Physiotherapists are self-directed, motivated adult learners.
- Physiotherapists can self-monitor and participate in activities to support healthy, competent practice.
- Physiotherapists continually seek out current evidence to evolve practice and improve the quality of their practice.
- Physiotherapists should use results from both self and externally administered assessments to evolve and improve practice.
- Physiotherapists should strive to achieve improvements in their individual professional skills but also in patient care and practice environments.
- Physiotherapists are accountable for participating in continuing competence reporting and assessment activities to Physiotherapy Alberta.
- Physiotherapists are expected to evolve their practice competence though ongoing learning and participation in activities that assure competence.
Assumptions about Physiotherapy Alberta: beliefs ‘assumed’ to be true in the future
- Physiotherapy Alberta is expected to regulate their members in the public interest.
- Competence is multifaceted and multidimensional and therefore no one Continuing Competence Programming strategy alone is sufficient to ensure all domains of professional competence are addressed.
- Physiotherapy Alberta must work with a broad number of stakeholders including other regulators, employers, educators, government and member physiotherapists to ensure quality and competent physiotherapy practice.
- There is shared responsibility for competent professional practice between member physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Alberta.
- Standards, competency profiles and external criteria are important benchmarks for quality physiotherapist practice and physiotherapy service delivery.
- Physiotherapy Alberta leads in being a knowledge creator and curator about Alberta physiotherapy practice standards, rules and regulations and physiotherapy best practices.
- The Continuing Competence program should be applicable to all physiotherapists regardless of geographical location and job role.
- The Continuing Competence Program should support quality practice across the continuum of a physiotherapist’s career, monitor risks and assess competencies and practice.
- Quality is demonstrated through safe, effective and ethical practice.
Guiding Principles: norms, rules and values that help guide the development of the Continuing Competence Program
- Quality Focused - designed to mitigate risks to competent physiotherapist practice and to support physiotherapists’ healthy practice and healthy physiotherapy practice environments. Supports improvements in practitioner knowledge, patient care and health systems.
- Flexible – provides a variety of choices and evidence-informed tools to meet the needs of Physiotherapy Alberta and physiotherapists working in diverse practice areas and settings.
- Streamlined - expectations are clearly laid out and communicated using a variety of strategies to enable physiotherapist accountability for meeting requirements.
- Standards and Evidence-Informed – acknowledges that standards of practice, competencies and emerging evidence are pillars to quality patient practice. Relies on data to inform program improvements.
- Educational and Practice Relevant – assists physiotherapists to self-monitor, learn and enhance their individual competence and professional practice. Provides evidence-informed tools to ensure physiotherapist competence and the provision of safe and effective care.
- Integrated – program strategies are designed to complement and build upon Physiotherapy Alberta’s quality initiatives, its regulatory objectives and other quality practice initiatives physiotherapists undertake in their professional workplaces and spaces.
- Responsible – administratively feasible while meeting legislative requirements. Engages physiotherapists in program development and evaluation.
Program Design Features: features built into the Continuing Competence Program
- Focuses on practice risks and supports and their relationships to healthy competent physiotherapist practice.
- Involves multiple strategies to meet a variety of purposes.
- Provides a menu of choices to provide for the self-monitoring and assessment of practice.
- Builds upon strategies members currently use to enhance competence.
- Integrates workplace learning strategies and practice improvement activities of Physiotherapy Alberta’s and member physiotherapists.
- Includes competence and workplace assessments from external parties.
- Is administratively feasible.
- Utilizes change management strategies to support physiotherapists’ understanding of and compliance with the program.
Program Purpose/Goal – a statement outlining the intent of the Program which realistically addresses the ideal state
The Continuing Competence Program monitors and supports the delivery of quality, safe, effective, and ethical physiotherapy services by competent physiotherapists by focusing on practice risks and supports.
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Deadline date for feedback is August 15, 2017.