How do I know that the Self-Selected Activity I choose will be accepted by Physiotherapy Alberta?
You are going to demonstrate that it is acceptable by the story you write. The Self-Selected Activity process assumes that physiotherapists will consider the activities that contribute to building their competence and enhancing their professional practice. They will narrow their selection to those activities that have led to sustained learning and achieved significant improvements in practice. Then they report on one activity that best fits the criteria in their Practice Improvement Record.
Your story will be unique.
Consider the case of two physiotherapists who attend the same activity and arrive at different decisions as to whether the activity is appropriate to use for a Self-Selected Activity.
Physiotherapist A finds the activity significantly expands their knowledge base. They apply what they learned to practice and recognize impacts on practice are apparent. Physiotherapist A reviews the criteria for a Self-Selected Activity and determines the activity is appropriate. Physiotherapist A has a rich and insightful story to tell on the Practice Improvement Record.
Physiotherapist B deems the activity not relevant to their practice as there is little opportunity to apply the information. In fact, six months after attending the activity, Physiotherapist B is unable to recall much of its content. If Physiotherapist B were required to complete a Practice Improvement Record on the activity, there would be minimal information to discuss, beyond the title and date of the activity. Physiotherapist B deems that participation in the activity doesn’t meet the requirements for a Self-Selected activity and chooses a different activity.
Will my Practice Improvement Record be reviewed?
Yes. Each year approximately 10% of submitted forms will be reviewed by Physiotherapy Alberta to ensure compliance with the reporting criteria.
- Details of the Self-Selected Activity.
- Reflection on how participation in the Self-Selected Activity improved personal competence, and either patient care practices or physiotherapy/health-care services.
- Resources used for practice improvement (e.g., assessments, audits, references, reports, scales, articles, course notes).
If a review of your Practice Improvement Record is not satisfactory, the Registrar may direct that you undertake any of the actions in section 23 of the Physical Therapists Profession Regulation.
I plan to cancel my registration at the end of the registration year. Do I still need to complete the Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. You are expected to complete the Self-Selected Activity including the Practice Improvement Record. If you do not, when you apply later to reinstate your registration, your application will not be considered until you complete any outstanding competence program activities.
I am registered on the General Register but not working. Do I still need to complete the Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. All members on the General Register must participate in all competence program requirements whether they are practicing or not. This includes clinicians, administrators, educators and researchers (i.e., everyone).
I would like to complete an activity not on the list provided by Physiotherapy Alberta. Is that OK?
Yes, provided the activity results in significant, meaningful and sustained improvement in your personal competence and either patient care practice or physiotherapy/health-care services.
You do not need Physiotherapy Alberta’s approval to select an activity that is not on our list of options. When you complete the Practice Improvement Record you will explain how completing the activity developed your competence and enhanced professional practice thereby meeting the criteria.
Can I use my employer’s workplace requirements for my Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. Many employers require participation in performance monitoring and/or continuing education and these activities can be used as a Self-Selected Activity if they result in significant, meaningful and sustained improvement in your personal competence and either patient care practice or physiotherapy/health-care services.
Why do I have to report on my activity? Why isn’t it enough that I just DO an activity?
The Practice Improvement Record serves two purposes:
- It encourages you to take a few moments to reflect on the new information or skills learned. Taking this time to reflect will help you better integrate what you learned into practice as well as drive learning deeper. This is the “LEARN. GROW.” of your lifelong learning.
- Physiotherapy Alberta is accountable to the government to monitor program participation. Requiring members to complete the Practice Improvement Record and then conducting an annual record review satisfies this requirement.
How many Self-Selected Activities must be completed to meet the program requirements?
One. On the website there are 43 examples of Self-Selected Activities organized into three groups. You can select an activity not on the list if it achieves significant, meaningful and sustained improvements in your personal competence, and either patient care practices or physiotherapy/health-care services.
Can I use a course I attended in October or November for my 2019 Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. Even though the program officially launched in December 2018, the participation and reporting period spans our registration year (October 1 - September 30). For 2019, you can use any activity completed during this 2018-2019 registration year.
When can I start recording information about my Self-Selected Activity in the Practice Improvement Record?
The Practice Improvement Record is an online form and will be available from Physiotherapy Alberta’s Member Portal. We previously told physiotherapists the form would be available in April, however, this has been delayed. The form will be available before it is time for you to renew your practice permit although the exact date is not known at this time.
This year, the Practice Improvement Record will only be available close to renewal time. However, the long-term plan is to make it available year-round so you can complete it anytime after completing your chosen activity but prior to applying to renew your practice permit.
We know some members have already completed their Self-Selected Activity and are anxious to complete the Practice Improvement Record. If this is you, one of your options for managing completion of the Practice Improvement Record is to write out your responses now and then transfer the information to the form when it becomes available. There are three questions you need to answer on the Practice Improvement Record.
Can I use my Learning Planner + Tracker from September 2018 for my Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. If you complete your learning activities and the experience has resulted in significant personal learning and improved patient care or physiotherapy/health-care practice this can be used for your Self-Selected Activity. Continue to implement your learning activities to achieve your goal. You will be expected to write about the experience in the Practice Improvement Record.