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

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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>

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