What documents must be completed each year?
All physiotherapists must complete the following Reflective Practice Review documents each year:
Physiotherapists working in clinical practice must also complete:
Am I required to complete my Reflective Practice Review activities while on leave from work?
Yes. Whether or not you are registered while on leave you are expected to participate in the Reflective Practice Review. If you do not have access to a patient chart then you are not required to complete Step 2 (Patient Care Reflection Tool), the rest of the program requirements apply. Download the Going on Leave document for more information.
When do I submit my Reflective Practice Review documents to Physiotherapy Alberta?
You only need to submit your documents when selected as part of the audit process. Physiotherapy Alberta will provide instructions at that time for how and when to submit your documents. In the meantime, keep your documents for the required 5 years.
I changed my role at work and now want to change my learning goal. Is that OK?
Yes. You may change your learning goal and implement a different learning plan than what was initially reported. However, you must complete the learning activities and reflect on your learning outcomes for your new goal before applying to renew your practice permit.
What it the purpose of the Essential Competency Self-Assessment and Patient Care Reflection Tool?
These are reflection activities focusing on areas of practice Physiotherapy Alberta thinks are important for a self-directed review of practice.
- Self-assessment promotes compliance with the Entry-to-Practice and Essential Competence practice standard which expects physiotherapists to be knowledgeable of and practice in accordance with competencies set out in the Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapists in Canada. The self-assessment promotes comprehension and application of the essential competencies to one’s individual practice.
- Patient Care Reflection requires physiotherapists working in clinical practice to reflect in a structured manner on the care delivered to a patient. The questions in the Patient Care Reflection Tool are designed to cover many factors physiotherapists consider as part of clinical reasoning. Completing the Patient Care Reflection Tool is your opportunity to demonstrate your critical thinking skills. The process not only confirms how much you know but also helps to identify areas for further learning and/or aspects of patient care that can be improved.
How do I complete the Patient Care Reflection Tool when some of the questions don’t apply to my work with patients/clients?
Complete the questions that apply to your practice content and mark those that don't as not applicable.
Why does Physiotherapy Alberta have a Reflective Practice Review?
Professional competence is multifaceted. As such Physiotherapy Alberta's Continuing Competence Program has different strategies to address the multifaceted nature of professional competence. The Competence Program components are:
- Competence Development,
- Competence Assessment (i.e. jurisprudence module) and
- Practice Visits (to be developed)
Reflective Practice Review falls under the Competence Development component. A reflective practice strategy was chosen because it is a flexible and highly individualized approach which can be used by any of our 2,400 members on the General Register to showcase their talents. Reflective Practice Review provides physiotherapists with an opportunity to demonstrate their unique thinking skills about essential competencies and patient care and the steps taken to learn and improve their practice.
How do I fit the Reflective Practice Review into a larger improvement plan that spans 3 years?
If you have a big goal that will take more than one year to complete such as completing a certificate program or developing a new patient care program for your facility, then:
- Break your big goal into smaller steps and use one of the smaller steps as the learning goal in your Learning Planner and Tracker.
- Record the big plan/vision in the Rationale section of the Learning Planner and Tracker - this communicates what you hope to accomplish over time.
- Record the smaller step of your big plan in the Learning Goal section of the Learning Planner and Tracker. You have one registration year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30) to complete what you have identified.
- When you report on the outcomes of learning you may end up discussing outcomes of accomplishing the goal as they relate to the broader plan.
What should I do if I cannot retrieve my Reflective Practice Review documents because they were lost or damaged?
Members are accountable for meeting Reflective Practice Review requirements. In the event that a member is unable to retrieve their documents for any reason, they remain accountable for meeting the requirements. If a member is selected for the audit, they will remain accountable for meeting the audit requirements. Click here to view the entire policy.