Thank you for being part of #30Reps 2017. Sometimes, these kinds of conversations can be difficult. The functions of professional associations are to provide leadership, opportunities for education and to assess a changing landscape that may affect the profession.
The decision to engage the membership in a discussion about risks to the reputation of physiotherapy was based on regular member inquiries related to areas of risk, changes in the insurance industry that are increasingly focused on fraud, abuse and waste, and media reports that identify practices that could negatively impact the professional as a whole.
We recognize that CPA’s role is to advance the profession of physiotherapy in order to improve the health of Canadians. We believe that part of that role includes asking tough questions. By doing this, we understand that we have touched a nerve. Some of you have commented on “yellow” and “red” reps saying that these examples were upsetting to read about. Many of you have never found yourselves in situations like those that were presented. That’s great. Unfortunately, some have...
Our profession’s commitment to ethics and professionalism is what makes us strong. Over the last 30 days, we have been reminded on a daily basis how passionate and committed the physiotherapy community is to upholding a positive reputation that is built on solid clinical reasoning and evidence-informed practice.
You have demonstrated this through your unprecedented engagement that took place below almost every rep. Thank you for joining the conversation and adding your points of view.
As the last post in #30Reps, we are concluding with a collection of tools to support you, and an additional opportunity to engage with colleagues in a conversation about ethics and professionalism:
- Ethics and professionalism toolkit: We recognize that some members seek support to make good decisions in bad situations. This toolkit helps you work through six steps in order to take action. There are extra readings and resources included under each step.
- Tweetchat: Log in to Twitter, Tweetdeck, TweetChat or Hootsuite to join the conversation using #30reps on March 31st from 12-1 EST.
New to tweetchats? Here are some tips from #physiotalk.
Here are the questions to be covered:
- How do you demonstrate ethics and professionalism in your practice?
- Can you describe how you have engaged or mentored colleagues about ethics and professionalism in health care?
- Which reflection and decision-making tools and techniques do you use when confronted with a challenging issue?
- What safeguards do you have in place to prevent fraud, abuse and waste?
The next step will help CPA better meet the needs of our members and the profession as a whole. We encourage all participants of #30Reps to answer a short survey. Your answers will be kept confidential. The aggregated information will help CPA to plan future education and advocacy activities.
Thank you for participating in this “workout” with us. We’ll only be stronger for it.
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