How do I know that the Self-Selected Activity I choose will be accepted by Physiotherapy Alberta?
You demonstrate that it is acceptable by the story you write. The Self-Selected Activity you choose to report must have been completed in the registration year between October 1 and September 30. The Self-Selected Activity process assumes that physiotherapists will consider using only 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 sustained improvements in practice. They report on one activity that best fits the criteria in their Practice Improvement Record your story.
Your story will be unique. It is influenced by your personal characteristics, your practice context and where you may be in your career continuum.
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 positive impacts on practice. 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 to complete and report a different activity.
Will my Practice Improvement Record be reviewed?
Yes. Each year at least 10% of submitted forms will be reviewed by Physiotherapy Alberta to ensure compliance with the reporting principles and the following program rules 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. Often members are directed to undertake mandatory education before resubmitting their record for another review against the same criteria.
I plan to cancel my registration at the end of the registration year. Do I still need to complete the Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. Yes. Participation in the Self-Selected Activity is required for the year you are registered and therefore it is to be completed while you are registered. Despite your intention to cancel your registration at the end of the registration year, you must complete the Self-Selected Activity in its entirety before your practice permit expires and your registration is cancelled. Determine which activity best fits the program requirements and write it up in the Practice Improvement Record in your member portal. You are required to provide proof of having completed the PIR record, at the correct time, should you apply to reinstate your registration later.
I am registered on the General Register but not working. Do I still need to complete the Self-Selected Activity?
Yes. All regulated 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).
My course was cancelled how can I complete the Self-Selected Activity?
You can choose a different activity. In addition to attending a course, there are plenty of other Self-Selected Activity options that can be used to meet the program requirements. This includes but is not limited to activities that benchmark and assess individual characteristics or your practice environment, informal learning activities such as reading, writing and research and collaborative activities that contribute to the profession.
I would like to complete an activity not on the list provided by Physiotherapy Alberta. Is that OK?
Yes, provided the activity resulted 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, project development, accreditation and/or continuing education and any of these activities can be used as a Self-Selected Activity provided 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 spend time 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 use an activity not on the list provided it achieves significant, meaningful and sustained improvements in your personal competence, and either patient care practices or physiotherapy/health-care services.
When can I start recording information about my Self-Selected Activity in the Practice Improvement Record?
The Practice Improvement Record is available from October 1, the start of the registration year, until the date you renew your practice permit in Physiotherapy Alberta’s Member Portal - look for My PIR in the side menu options. As the Practice Improvement Record is available online all year, you have the option to write it up all at once or in stages where you start your write up and then finish it later as the outcomes and impacts on practice become evident. You will not be able to submit your Practice Improvement Record until the renewal period opens.
Where can I get more information about the Self-Selected Activity, the Practice Improvement Record and document review?
Check out this presentation on the Self-Selected Activity. In addition, the website has the most up-to-date information. For individualized support – contact Competence Program staff firstname.lastname@example.org. (insert link to the presentation on the SSA)