College Conversations Podcast
Episode 20: Can a Physiotherapist Decline to Provide Services?
15 January 2021
From time to time, conflicts and challenging situations may arise between physiotherapists and their patients, which may lead the physiotherapist to consider declining to continue to provide services to the patient. These situations exist on a continuum from the slightly challenging to the potentially dangerous. Although there are circumstances where a physiotherapist may decide to discontinue treatment, when opting to decline services the physiotherapist also has several duties to fulfill.
Episode 19: Advertising
15 December 2020
Advertising is a challenging topic within physiotherapy regulation, due in part to the tension between the need to promote the services offered and the need to conduct ourselves professionally. In this episode Jody and Leanne talk about common advertising problems including the use of the title doctor, comparative and superlative statements, and misleading advertising.
Episode 18: PT Interns
15 November 2020
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta has always fielded questions regarding physiotherapist interns and the Provisional Register, with questions relating to everything from the requirements for becoming a physiotherapist intern to the ins and outs of supervision and the performance of restricted activities. This episode provides answers to the most common questions the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta receives about this group of registrants.
Episode 17: Provision of Services
15 October 2020
Provision of services rules are in place to guide the processes by which the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta approves practice settings where physiotherapy services are provided. In this episode Jody and Leanne talk about the evolution of regulation of physiotherapy practice settings in Alberta and the provision of services rules currently in place.
Episode 16: Registration Renewal – Happy New Year!
4 September 2020
September. The start of fall is a time of fresh starts for many. Some would even argue that with return to school and resumption of fall activities it’s the real start to each year. It’s also the month when regulated members of the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta submit their annual renewal documents. In this episode Jody and Leanne walk listeners through the renewal requirements, address some common questions, and discuss the importance of keeping your member profile up to date.
Episode 15: Leaving a Practice: The Bitter End?
15 August 2020
Bitter divorces are not inevitable when physiotherapists decide to change employers. However, from time to time that is how things can play out. The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta typically only hears about the situations that are really problematic with both the clinician and the employer calling the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta to cast the other party as the ‘bad guy’ - not the transitions that go smoothly.
Episode 14: Legislative Responsibilities, Occupational Health and Safety, and Site Inspections – OH MY!
15 July 2020
Episode 13: Making Lasting Changes in the Wake of COVID-19
15 June 2020
In this episode, we talk about infection prevention and control and some of the lasting effects that COVID-19 may have on physiotherapy practice. Fundamentally, the pandemic has changed clinical practice. Some of the changes seen will remain, even as the first wave of the pandemic wanes and will affect how we address the predicted second wave of COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases, such as annual influenza outbreaks.
Episode 11: Delivering Physiotherapy Services via Telerehabilitation Technologies
20 April 2020
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta has been promoting telerehabilitation since 2017; however, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, its use in physiotherapy practice has increased dramatically. While many people envision videoconferencing when they consider this format of service delivery, telerehabilitation or digital practice includes the remote delivery of physiotherapy using all forms of electronic communication technology. This can include text or email, video- or teleconferencing, and even robotics and virtual reality.