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Episode 6: Supervising Physiotherapy Interns

Episode 6: Supervising Physiotherapy Interns

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15 November 2019

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Individuals on the Provisional Register are a diverse group of people working to fulfill the requirements of registration on the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s General Register. Until those requirements are fulfilled, supervision is required to help protect the interests of patients and facilitate the delivery of quality care. In this episode, Simon Cooke, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta Council Vice-President and Leanne Loranger, Manager of Policy and Practice discuss the considerations, challenges, and rewards of supervising Physiotherapy Interns.

“Think of it as a contract between the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta and the public.” The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta registers physiotherapy interns to practice but requires they be supervised. Without the Provisional Register, individuals would not be able to practice until they fulfilled all the registration requirements and were added to the General Register, and that delay could contribute to the erosion of clinical skills. Permitting practice helps physiotherapy interns to maintain and further develop their skills and provides patients with access to valuable health-care providers.

The Provisional Register, and supervision of physiotherapy interns is an attempt to balance all the interests at play.

The requirements of supervision, challenges if things don’t proceed as hoped, and importance of having a supervision contingency plan are highlighted. Intricacies of use of title, providing receipts for treatment from physiotherapy interns and co-signing charts are also reviewed.

Do you understand what’s expected when you supervise a physiotherapy intern? This episode will help to clear up any questions you have.

Note: Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association operates as The College of Physiotherapist of Alberta as of April 2022

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