Use of an e-portfolios tool to support specialisation in physiotherapy


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  • We provide PD opportunities for new grads through to retirement. PD includes lectures, courses, symposiums, breakfasts and an annual conference.
  • Our PD events are primarily organised through our national groups. The national groups are sub-disciplines of physiotherapy, and are run by volunteer committees. APA members can join any of the national groups, with some members belonging to several groups at any one time. By joining a national group, the member gets preferential rates at PD events, plus communications throughout the year regarding evidence-based practice and upcoming activities.
  • New grads are encouraged to complete our introductory courses, plus level 1, 2 and 3 courses where available. What is a titled physio? Can apply for titling through an experiential or academic pathway. Experiential – demonstrate experience, knowledge and skills in the discipline. Academic – through accredited postgraduate university courses. What is a specialist physio? Specialisation: Through original contribution. By submission of a thesis or published works. Through a two-year training programme, includes mentoring and support through the APA.
  • Interim pathway – if they believe they are of a higher standing than other physios, they could apply to become a fellow of the ACP. They had to complete a document which detailed how they met specific criteria. If it was agreed that they were of a higher standing, they were allowed to sit the final exams.
  • Flexibility of using an online system Cost effective option
  • Instructions: All assets are private unless you opt to share them All evidence should be saved in your webfolio through linking All webfolios should be published to the submission gateway, where no other candidates can view the submissions Other gateways are open for others to view your work – allow discussion of research papers, recordings etc.
  • Use of an e-portfolios tool to support specialisation in physiotherapy

    1. 1. Use of an ePortfolio tool to support specialisation in physiotherapy Lindsey Maggs & Vicki Smith
    2. 2. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) <ul><li>Peak body representing physiotherapists in Australia - over 12,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate & support physiotherapy access for Australia’s population </li></ul><ul><li>7 Branches – national representation </li></ul><ul><li>National Office Divisions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning & Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy and International Relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing and Communications </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Learning and Development Division <ul><li>Members must complete 20 hours of CPD per annum </li></ul><ul><li>Current professional development opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breakfasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online learning </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. National Groups <ul><li>Musculoskeletal </li></ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Acupuncture and Dry Needling </li></ul><ul><li>Animal </li></ul><ul><li>Paediatric </li></ul><ul><li>Neurology </li></ul><ul><li>Gerontology </li></ul><ul><li>Continence & Women’s Health </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiorespiratory </li></ul><ul><li>Aquatic </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Health </li></ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership & Management </li></ul>
    5. 5. Member Lifelong Learning Pathway
    6. 6. Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP) <ul><li>Only Fellows of the College are Specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual college </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowship by Specialisation first granted in 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Most disciplines have a specialisation pathway </li></ul>
    7. 7. Becoming a Specialist Physiotherapist <ul><li>Pre 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Original contribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission of thesis or published works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interim pathway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of higher standing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet specific criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final exam </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now </li></ul><ul><li>Original contribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission of thesis or published works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring & evidence of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contributing to the learning of others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final exam </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Becoming a Specialist Physiotherapist <ul><li>Pre 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Original contribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission of thesis or published works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interim pathway </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition of higher standing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet specific criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final exam </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now </li></ul><ul><li>Original contribution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission of thesis or published works </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring & evidence of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical practice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contributing to the learning of others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final exam </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Why ePortfolio, not Portfolio? <ul><li>Advantages of online environment </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits for the participants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual area – access anywhere, anytime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online discussion at a distance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benefits for the facilitators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion of ideas with other facilitators </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Training Programme: Design <ul><li>Applications opened only to Musculoskeletal and Sports candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Total of 17 applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12 candidates accepted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group split into five cohorts </li></ul><ul><li>Cohort = facilitator, plus two to three candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Three cohorts of musculoskeletal candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Two cohorts of sports candidates </li></ul>
    11. 11. Cohort 1: QLD Musculoskeletal
    12. 12. Cohort 2: VIC Musculoskeletal
    13. 13. Cohort 3: WA Musculoskeletal
    14. 14. Cohort 4: QLD Sports
    15. 15. Cohort 5: VIC Sports
    16. 16. All Cohorts
    17. 17. Implementation <ul><li>Training for facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates sent log-in details and instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Gateways set up </li></ul><ul><li>Template webfolio shared </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A webinar for all </li></ul><ul><li>Example webfolio shared </li></ul>
    18. 18. Professional Practice Standards (PPS) <ul><li>Learning contract with action plan </li></ul><ul><li>Standards to rate performance </li></ul><ul><li>Transferred to a profile builder </li></ul><ul><li>Self-rate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scale of 1-5 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evidence </li></ul>
    19. 20. Action Plan for PPS <ul><li>Produce action plan to achieve required standards </li></ul><ul><li>Made up of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steps to success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SWOT analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Formed learning contract between the candidate and the ACP </li></ul>
    20. 21. Action Plan for PPS
    21. 22. What Else? <ul><li>Uploading articles and videos for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Evidencing the four key elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul>ePortfolio
    22. 23. Webfolios
    23. 24. Feelings Towards the ePortfolio Tool <ul><li>“ The opportunity of sharing and discussing a wide range of cutting edge research papers, clinical problems and opinions with peers at one site has been inspiring and a great learning opportunity.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Great for supervisors to oversee what is going on without talking face to face.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ An excellent resource to allow collation, and presentation, of information and resources.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I hope to be able to continue to use Pebblepad following completion of my specialisation training program to further assist my professional development as a physiotherapist.&quot; </li></ul>
    24. 25. The Future of ePortfolios at APA <ul><li>Roll-out to all members </li></ul><ul><li>Implement for our Titling Program </li></ul><ul><li>Recording system for CPD hours </li></ul><ul><li>eJournal Club </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring tool for new grads </li></ul><ul><li>Possible engagement of international participants in PD </li></ul>
    25. 26. Thank You <ul><li>We would like to acknowledge the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Australian College of Physiotherapists for their assistance with this project and presentation. </li></ul>