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My meeting with the College of Physiotherapists of BC

Last night from 5:30-9pm with Dieter and Yvette by my side, we met with Brenda, Phil and Heather from the College to discuss the issues surrounding the RCA exam.  We created objectives, wrote them down then talked our way through all of them until we agreed it was time to go home. 

Phil ran the flow of the meeting and I voiced our concerns throughout the process in an open and constructive manner.  Phil’s focus was on establishing the history of how we got to where we are today with the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) and my focus was on helping him understand how I/we didn’t like where we are today and why.  I better understand their position from the process, but in no way was convinced or swayed that the Registrant Competency Assessment (RCA) portion of the QAP as it stands today is a good idea.  I believe that they heard my arguments against the RCA and although they didn’t concede that there is a better option, I think I created some openness in their position, which is a good start.

Brenda said very little, but listened and took notes as Phil and I debated the details of the QAP point by point.  He had Heather write out on the board the aspects that were required of the QAP taken from this document on their website.  Please take a moment to open this pdf file and scroll to page 4, there are fourteen points that they feel are very important to the development of the QAP.  I actively challenged them that they currently weren’t achieving the first six points in their current iteration of the QAP with the RCA in it. Read More

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BC Physiotherapists Rally Together to Have a Voice

Head in Hands

UPDATE 2018: It Happened AGAIN!

After all I/we went through to voice our concern about the RCA exam in 2015, they stuck to their guns and made a new group of BC physios write the exam three years later with the same result of technology failure causing the whole thing to be canceled.  I received countless emails, phone calls and even hand written letters from all over the province thanking me for trying to stand up for us in 2015 and now it is starting all over again.  Physios are mad about the inconvenience, but still madder at the underlying principle that this test is not a valid or appropriate measure of our competency.  I hope the College of Physiotherapists of BC starts taking the feedback of its members more seriously…lets see what happens!

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I am writing this article tonight because I am mad, I am offended and I  want to help create change and I know that I am not alone.  I have been a physiotherapist in British Columbia for twelve years, a path that required me to attain two university degrees and pass a written and practical certification exam.  I have taken over twenty five post-graduate courses, run a private clinic and work closely with countless other healthcare professionals and was just recently required to write a three hour exam to prove my ‘competency’ as part of our college’s Quality Assurance Program.

Physiotherapy is a regulated profession in British Columbia, meaning that we have a regulatory body called the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) that creates standards and provides licenses for therapists to work as certified health care professionals in the province.  Apparently in 2007 the BC government passed a law called the Health Professions Amendment Act that requires regulatory bodies to monitor our ‘continuing competency’ defined as: the ongoing ability of a practitioner to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, judgments and interpersonal attributes required to practice safely and ethically in a designated role and setting. 

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