REP 29 - What are the Career Pathways Options for Canadian Physiotherapists?
CPA has undertaken an environmental scan exploring various career pathways that exist within the profession, both in Canada and internationally, and within other health professions in Canada. The opportunity exists to stop and reflect on how we are doing things and to learn best practices from our colleagues.
The National Orthopedic Division (NOD) and Sport Physiotherapy Canada have created internationally recognized professional development programs. The career pathway programs currently offered by CPA are not integrated (sport diploma, ortho levels, clinical specialty program.) There is opportunity to better align career pathway programs and to expand what CPA is offering.
The goal of the environmental scan is to review and analyse comparable career pathway programs (PD, certification, accreditation of courses, specialty programs) in the health care sector in order to make recommendations for future program directions including:
• identification of potential obstacles and challenges
• identification of best practices in other sectors that could be adopted
Interviews were completed with the following stakeholders from August 2018 to February 2019.
Physiotherapy Associations, Divisions and Regulators:
- National Orthopedic Division (NOD)
- Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC)
- Physiotherapy Association of New Zealand (PANZ)
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
- Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
- Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association
- Ordre Professionnel de Physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ)
Other Canadian health associations:
- Canadian Nurses Association (CAN)
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
- Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC)
- The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College)
- Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
The following topics were explored: specialization, credentialing, titling, course accreditation, professional development programs and conferences. Further questions helped establish organizational context and history of development of programs. Best practices, financial viability, and lessons learned were generously shared. A glossary of terms has been created to ensure clear understanding of terms that are used interchangeably.
What is next? A working group is being formed to explore career pathway options for Canadian physiotherapists. Potential partnerships with colleagues are being explored in order to leverage strengths and lessons learned.
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