Universities in Canada You Can Get a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy


If you are thinking of a getting a degree that will still be relevant in the next few decades, then you should look at physiotherapy. If you are passionate about wiping away tears from the eyes of people, compassionate and patient then becoming a physical therapist may just be for you.

What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is focused on helping people regain, maintain and improve mobility and functional independence. This involves the treatment of pain, strengthening weak muscles and improving joint mobility. In other words the overall wellbeing of the patient in the priority of the physiotherapist.
(I will work on a post that compiles universities that offer a B.Sc in Physiotherapy)

Where to Study Physiotherapy
Canada is one nice country to study physiotherapy as there is a great demand for physios and the Canadian system favours Canadian trained therapists.
Having a Masters degree can also be an added advantage who want to get better jobs.

Universities in Canada Where you can Get a Physiotherapy Degree

1. University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus)

Course: Masters of Physical Therapy

Requirements:

In order to be eligible for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

Completion of a recognized 4 year Bachelor’s Degree (120 units/credits) or its equivalent 

Completion of a minimum of 70 hours of Volunteer and/or Paid Work Experience at no more than 2 facilities

Achieve the Minimum Academic Requirements as set out by the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies(which may include having a 2nd class upper first degree.)

Successful completion of the Prerequisite Requirements including Physics, English, Anatomy, Psychology, Statistics and Human Physiology. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of a B (72%) or equivalent in each prerequisite course. 


2. University of Alberta

Course: M.Sc Physiotherapy

Admission Requirements:

Completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited post-secondary institution is required.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading system or an equivalent standing from another recognized institution is required. However, a GPA of >3.6 for Alberta applicants and >3.9 for out of province applicants on the most recent sixty credits of study is recommended for a competitive application.

Completion of the following pre-requisite courses:

English (3 credits) General course with assessment of reading, writing, literature and essay composition. Can be introductory level.Humanities or Social Science courses will not be accepted in lieu. Business Communication and Technical English courses are not acceptable.

Statistics (3 credits) General course covering basic statistical concepts and data analysis. PTHER 352 is one option.

Psychology (3 credits) Must be from a designated introductory/general Psychology course. Humanities/Social Science (3 credits) 

Human Anatomy (3 credits) Must be a standalone course focusing on gross HUMAN anatomy. PTHER 350 is the recommended course. *Please see the notes below regarding the changes to the Anatomy prerequisite as of 2017 admissions*

Human Physiology (6 credits) Must focus on HUMAN physiology.

Human Movement (3 credits) PTHER 351 is the recommended course. 




Alternatively, if you are a foreign trained physiotherapist interested in working in Alberta, and you have been Credentialed you may consider their 12 Month Bridging program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physiotherapy Practice



The Bridging Certificate program is designed for physical therapists educated outside of Canada whose physical therapy education and qualifications have previously been assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance).



Applicants can apply to the program if they are:




Credentialed by the AllianceEligible for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) but want to enhance preparationNot successful in one or more Physiotherapy Competency Examination attempts



This 12-month program, offered in a blended format, consists of five courses: two academic courses, two concurrent mentorship courses, and one clinical placement course. The Bridging Certificate Program operate in the cohort model with one-intake per year, and all students are required to complete all five courses.



Academic course work designed purposely for Internationally Educated Physiotherapists (IEPTs) supports the development of the additional knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning required to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards. Cultural and workplace orientation is provided through mentorship and clinical placement to help integration into the workplace.






For more information on the University of Alberta Bridging program email iept@ualberta.ca


3. University of Manitoba

Course: Master of Physical Therapy

Eligibility requirements:

Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.

An accredited 3 or 4 year undergraduate degree in any area of study, recognized by the University of Manitoba.

A minimum grade point average of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours* of university-level study.

Equivalent IB and/or AP courses will be accepted in lieu of prerequisite courses.

Successful completion of the Multiple Mini-Interview. 

A minimum grade of a 3.0 or a “B” in the following prerequisite courses:

Human Anatomy (3 credit hours)

Human Physiology (3 credit hours)Introductory

Biology with genetics content (3 credit hours)

Introductory Psychology (6 credit hours)

Childhood Psychology (3 credit hours)

Aging (3 credit hours)

Introductory Statistics (3 credit hours)

English Literature (6 credit hours)




4. University of Western Ontario

Course: MPT (Masters of Physical Therapy)

Requirements

Admission is very competitive as only 57 students are admitted each year.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Applicants who are permanent residents of Canada must submit a copy of the front and back (date on the back must be legible) their Permanent Residency Card as part of the application

A four-year bachelor's degree with high academic standing from a recognized university

Two standard letters of reference (ORPAS Confidential Assessment Forms).One Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by an individual who holds an academic faculty position in a university, who has taught or supervised the applicant, and who is qualified to judge the applicant's academic ability relative to a number of other students. Positions such as a teaching assistant or athletic therapist/trainer do not qualify as academic referees.The second Confidential Assessment Form must be completed by a professional who can judge the applicant's performance and interpersonal skills from his/her perspective as a physical therapist, employer or someone who supervised the applicant working with persons with special needs.It is recommended that neither of the Confidential Assessment forms be submitted by either relatives or friends.Letters of Reference that elaborate on the applicant's unique and exceptional qualities are valued.

Applicant Statement (completed as part of the online application)Maximum 500 words Explanation of why the applicant has chosen Physical Therapy as a career and outlining the applicant's knowledge of the profession and its scope of practiceExplanation of why the applicant has chose the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at WesternDescription of the strengths, experiences, attributes, leadership skills and/or abilities the applicant will bring to the profession. The Applicant Statement should elaborate on the applicant's unique and exceptional qualities rather than just on their aspirations to become a physical therapist

Completion of paid or unpaid Physical Therapy-related experience (submitted as part of online application)

Applicant will be asked to provide a brief list (maximum of 4) of any activities directly related to the physical therapy field, including a clear outline of patient experiences, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, as well as research, co-op placements and employment.Completion of other volunteer or paid experience (submitted as part of online application)

Applicant will be asked to provide a brief description (maximum of 4 activities) of any other relevant activities that provide evidence of their involvement and leadership in increasing the well-being of individuals, groups or society in general.

Information outlining honours, awards and scholarships the applicant has received to date may be submitted as part of the application (maximum of 4 entries).

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency; the TOEFL or an IELTS is recommended.A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper‑based), 105 (internet‑based), or an IELTS score of 8 is required.If, after admission, the applicant shows inadequate command of spoken or written English, they must improve their proficiency to the satisfaction of the School of Physical Therapy.They may be asked to withdraw from the program if their command of English interferes with their ability to provide quality professional services.NOTE: Test results must be sent directly to Western University.



Shockwave Therapy as a Physiotherapy Treatment


Shockwave therapy (also known a ESWT : Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) is used in various medical disciplines including orthopaedics, physiotherapy, urology, sports medicine and veterinary medicine. The use of this therapy for musculoskeletal disorders has been on for over a decade. The success rate of this therapy, according to research, ranges from 65% - 95%.

A shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to the tissues resulting in accelerated tissue repair and cell growth with minimal scar tissue production.
Shockwaves are high intensity, high frequency, short duration bursts of energy waves that are faster than sound.


The Shockwave Device
The fixed part of the device generates shock waves which are then transmitted by the system’s probe.
The generated waves are introduced into the body through the system’s probe and cover the area to be treated. Mechanical vibrations from the probe produce kinetic energy which is then converted into acoustic energy transmitted to the tissue.


Therapeutic Effects of Shockwave Therapy

1. New blood vessel formation
The application of acoustic waves causes microrupturing of the capillaries in the tendon and bone (which they are directed) thereby remodelling and stimulating the growth of new arterioles. The production of new blood vessels in the tendons and bones result in accelerated healing.

2. Reversal of chronic inflammation
Shockwaves activate mast cells (key components of the inflammatory process) and the production of cytokines which are growth factors secreted by the immune system. This results in first, the enhancement of the inflammatory process, then restoration of normal healing and regenerative processes.

3. Stimulation of Collagen Production
Shockwave therapy accelerates procollagen synthesis. The therapy forces the newly created collagen fibers into a longitudinal structure which makes the newly formed tendon fibers more dense and stiff and creates a firmer structure.

4. Dissolution of Calcified fibroblasts
Shockwaves break up the sticky calcium deposits on tendons and promote the absorption of the calcium granules while treating the tendon.

5. Dispersion of pain mediator "Substance P"
Shockwaves reduce the concentration of "Substance P" (that relates pain messages to the central nervous system) which results in pain relief.

Common Conditions treated by Shockwave Therapy
Plantar Fasciitis
Chronic Tendinitis
Lateral Epicondylitis of the elbow
Patella tendinopathy (jumper's knee)
Achilles tendinopathy
Non union and delayed union fractures
Avascular necrosis
Chronic diabetic foot ulcers
Calcifying tendonitis of the shoulder

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Dosage
Most experts recommend 3-5 treatment sessions, with each session spaced by a week. Application of shockwave lasts 3-5minutes and improvement can be felt by the patient immediately after the treatment. Some may feel sore or experience inflammation within 24hrs of treatment, but that should pass.

Contraindications, Dangers and Precautions

Whilst not intended to constitute a definitive list, there are several areas/pathologies where concern has been expressed with regards the use of shockwave, and until further clarification has been obtained, some of the key issues are identified below. This list is compiled from the best (currently) available evidence and expert advice/opinion. It may be that this is an over conservative approach, but as with many 'new' or 'emerging' therapies, it is normal to err on the side of caution in the initial stages of clinical application.

Lung tissue appears to be damaged unequivocally and should be avoided

The epiphysis has been considered and whilst some experiments demonstrate a detrimental outcome, others do not. Whilst clarification is being obtained, it would make sense to avoid epiphyseal regions

Patients who are haemophiliac or who are on anticoagulant therapy are best not treated with shockwave given that some visible tissue damage (skin petechiae and disruption of the microvasculature) has been noted in several studies.

Malignancy remains on the contraindication list, though, as with other modalities, some experimental work is ongoing whereby shockwave therapies are being employed to try and minimise the growth and spread of malignant tissue. 

Given the unknowns at the moment, it is considered best to avoid such areas.Metal implants appear to be OK with regards bone based treatments, but implanted cardiac stents and implanted heart valves have not been fully evaluated. If however, one is avoiding the lungs, then they should not be exposed anyway.

Infection in the local area should be treated with strong caution given the as yet unknown effect of the therapy in this field.

Joint replacements - interestingly - come up with a mixed result. Some have used the therapy experimentally as a means to help with the removal of prostheses, making extraction easier. Given this, it would seem wise to avoid cemented implants. On the other hand, it is suggested that several researchers have actually used shockwave as a means to stimulate bone growth around an already lose prosthesis (osseous ingrowth). It would seem prudent to avoid the area given the possible loosening effect which, unless desired, would certainly constitute a detrimental outcome.

References
"Extracorporeal Shockwave therapy in Musculoskeletal Disorders", Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Shockwavetherapy.au
Electrotherapy.org

How to Work as a Physiotherapist in Norway


Norway seems to be one interesting European country to study, work and live so practising physiotherapy should also be attractive (well that depends on your preferences).

Even though you'll find quite a number of Norwegians speaking English, it is advisable to pass a proficiency test before applying for authorization.

Here are the steps you need to take to be a registered physiotherapist in Norway:

1. Pass a proficiency test.
You are required to pass a Norwegian language test at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference of languages, CEFR).  Both the oral and the written exam must be passed.

2. Apply for authorisation with the required documents to have your education considered equivalent to the corresponding Norwegian education.


The form for applying for authorisation and licence as a physiotherapist/health personnel in Norway may be found in the Norwegian form portal Altinn.

All documents required for the application for authorization should be scanned coloured copies of your original documents.

The documents required to be uploaded are:

Your diploma or degree

Your transcript/ a detailed overview of your curriculum.

Requirements for the curriculum:
• The theoretical content must be stated in the learning objectives for each individual subject.
• The scope of each subject must be expressed in either ECTS or the number of hours for each subject.
• The number of work placements or clinical practice studies with each period's length, objective, venue and evaluation results must be stated.
• Practice must be expressed with
– number of weeks or hours or ECTS within each field of practice
– department which include areas /
• List of institutions where your practical training experience is conducted. The curriculum must be valid for those years the applicant studied, e.g. if you studied from 2010–2015 the curriculum has to cover those years.
• The curriculum also needs to provide detailed contact information to the educational institution. Authorization from the country the applicant graduated from and/or the country you have worked in. If your profession is not regulated in the country you have graduated from, or worked in, please inform about this. Detailed work certificate showing where and what you have been working with.

Note that:
All attachments should be scanned color copies of original documents.
- Please do not take photos of documents and attach them since photos are often hard to read.
- Please make sure documents are rotated correctly.
- When scanning documents with multiple pages, please scan all pages to the same document.
- If your application has been sent and you find out that you should have added more attachments, please do not send a new application but send the remaining attachments to autorisasjon@helsedir.no. Your e-mail should
contain information about the reference number (AR-number) given by Altinn.

3. If your qualifications are considered equivalent, or are  otherwise proven to possess the necessary skills, you then can proceed with your application for authorisation.

4. You will also be required to complete and pass additional courses on Norwegian health services, health legislation and society before authorisation can be granted.




Fees
To apply for authorisation, you must pay a processing fee of NOK 1,665 ($195.87). Any costs related to the transfer must be covered by the applicant.

How Long the process of Authorization takes:

Applicants educated within EU/EEA: 4months  
Applicants educated outside the EU/EEA: 7 months


More information:

How to fill the Authorization online application


Physiotherapy clinics in Norway


Apply to visit or live in Norway


Working in Norway


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Practice Management Software (PMS) Used by Private Physiotherapy Practice

GPM


This is the digital age and more hospitals and clinics are taking advantage of available technology to facilitate and upgrade their services and operations. Case notes are now electronic and many have done away with paper data.

When looking for a Practice Management Software, which is more or less your office assistant, consider the following 3 features:

1. Simplicity and user friendliness
2. Flexibility, allowing you to personalize your usage of the software and seamlessly implement your preferences
3. Customer Support: run from companies that have inefficient customer service. You need to have access to help 24/7

Here are some practice management software that have received some favourable reviews:

1. TM2 Practice Management Software


TM2 Healthcare Solutions is a provider of Practice Management Software and an Australian based company that owns the sole distribution rights for the TM2 Practice Management Software across Australia.

 TM2, is a Complete Practice Management and Clinical Notes software application designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance profitability.

Features:

1. Your Diary and Appointments

2. Paperless Patient Records
Easy access to appointment history, account/billing status, current or previous cases history, communication trail, special alerts, associated contacts, default practitioner, and much more.
You can also scan in old paper based documents, x-rays and images then store them electronically.

3. Electronic clinical notes
The TM2 Clinical Notes is touch PC tablet friendly; physiotherapists can hold the PC tablet and make notes while interviewing the patient.

4. Comprehensive finance and billing
TM2 finance and billing management is provided through quick and easy accounting features allowing complete control with each patient having a manageable account listing payments, invoices and receipts.

5. Business Analysis
TM2 allows you to report on almost every fa├žade of your business such as; appointments, practitioner's case loads, practice income, practitioner commissions, diary utilisation, income by practitioner and enquiry source. If the report you need isn't available you can commission your own.

6. Integrated Multi-location
TM2 System can correctly identify between locations and provide thorough information on staff, patients and physiotherapists' activity in various locations of your clinic



2. GPM (Gensolve Practice Manager) is a cloud based practice management software.


Being a cloud based application, Gensolve Practice Manager (GPM) helps to alleviate many of the expensive and time intensive tasks associated with maintaining servers, databases, backups, software upgrades and other distractions.

Features

1. You can access your information or account from anywhere.

2. Appointment booking (Compatible with smart phones)

3. Electronic patient and clinical records.

4. Fully featured accounting suite
Gensolve Practice Manager has integrated an industry leading accounting package into its software application, to further ensure this practice management software is a solution as comprehensive for your practice as it can be.

5. Stock Management

6. KPI business and financial reporting

7. Email and SMS marketing
Easily and quickly send out special offers, birthday wishes, or contact clients that have not been seen recently.

Other features include

Efficiently manage Clinician working hours: Easily set up your Clinicians’ normal working schedule, leave periods and staff meetings.

Multi-site configuration:  Configure Clinicians to work across multiple sites, maintaining a single consolidated view for each Clinician’s availability.

Task manager: Using the in-built Task Manager, practices can easily assign tasks and actions to the appointment book or clinical notes, saving on time and creating more efficient patient follow up.

Waiting room: Track a patient from the time they arrive in the practice until they leave and share this information in real time across your practice.

Cancellation and no-show management: Monitor no-shows and cancellations and link the information to patients’ files.SMS reminders: Send SMS Reminders of appointments in bulk to clients.


3. WriteUpp

WriteUpp is a time-saving, cloud-based practice management software specially designed for health and wellbeing professionals.

Features
1. Create your own customised assessment forms using a simple form builder, then use them in any care setting on mobile, tablet or web.

2. Patient records: Create, manage and search your client records in one secure location safe in the knowledge that your data is being backed up every hour.

3. Online booking
Enable your clients to book online from their desktop, tablet or mobile.

4. Invoicing
Generate branded invoices quickly and easily based on clinical activity and expenses incurred.

5. Expenses
Quickly log client related expenses, such as mileage, or items that you have supplied to clients during their treatment, like taping, using the WriteUpp app or the web-based version of WriteUpp.

6. Reminders

7. Business views

How to Protect Your Eyes While Using Your Smartphone or Handheld Gadget



1. Don't hold your smartphone close to your face. It is advisable to hold your gadget about 15 to 20 inches away from your face.

2. Adjust your screen brightness. I totally reduce my screen brightness (down to zero) and it works just fine with me. Some browsers and apps also have "night mode" you can select to reduce eye strain.

3. Staring at a screen for quite a while keeps you from blinking, which is the activity that helps lubricate the eyes. To prevent yourself from dry or red eyes from tablet or smartphone usage, consciously blink as often as you remember.

4. Take regular breaks of your phone or tablet. You can't just keep staring for hours at the screen. Take your eyes off and look at distant objects. Drop your gadget and spend some time relaxing with your eyes closed. Or just get up and do something else!

5. Some say they take Vitamin A and yeast supplement for eye strain they feel after staring at the screen for long periods. But I don't think that will be necessary if you follow the above four tips. I haven't tried any of those supplements and besides always consult your physician before you try any supplements.

How to Create an Exercise Program Online


Physiotherapy exercises is a website that contains over 1,000 exercises that physiotherapists can use to create an exercise program for patients with injuries and disabilities.

The contributors to physiotherapy exercises are physiotherapists in Sydney, Australia.

The various exercises featured on the website are for the purpose of improving flexibility, strength, restoring normal function and fitness.

Physiotherapy exercises makes it seamless for the physiotherapist to create and prescribe an exercise program online. All you need to do is search for the exercise.

Exercises have different categories you can choose from :

Condition
Exercise type
Body Part
Age
Equipment available
Exercise difficulty
Image orientation

The website is free of charge to all users and you have the opportunity to donate to help keep the good work going.

The terms of use on the physiotherapy exercises website are :
- Do not remove and use the illustrations for purposes other than preparing exercises for patients with injuries and disabilities.
- Do not remove the watermark from the images
- Always acknowledge the website and place the URL (physiotherapyexercises.com) on every exercise program produced.

This website is a great online tool that modifies the way physiotherapists do their job and also help maintain the quality and uniformity of physical therapy delivered.

All you need to do is search for exercises according to your patient's condition, develop an exercise program and send it to their mobile phones or tablets.

Go to physiotherapy exercises

Reflexology: History, Benefits and Precaution



Reflexology is not just massage of the feet. It involves applying pressure to parts of the feet or "reflex" areas that sort of represent various organs in the body.

Eunice Ingham was a physiotherapist who originated, researched and developed reflexology as it is known today. She developed her zone and foot therapy in the 1930s. She passed on at the age of 85, December 1974.

Some reflexology pathways:
The tips of the toes are connected to the head.
The arch of the foot is connected to the liver, pancreas and kidney.
The ball of the foot is connected to the chest and heart.
The heel is connected to the lower back and intestines.

When you think about what reflexology is you wonder what the benefits really are.

It is believed that applying pressure to these areas of the feet and sometimes hands promote the health of the corresponding organ.

The pressure applied sends signals that cause the release of endorphins which relieve pain and stress.

Always consult with your physician before trying anything new, including alternative therapy like reflexology.

Here are some red flags for reflexology:
Pregnancy, Thrombosis, Foot ulcers...

However people may get reflexology when they suffer from ailments like constipation, tension headaches, stress, insomnia, back pain, sports injuries...

A typical treatment session ranges from 45 - 60 minutes. And you should feel better and not worse, as the therapy progresses.

Job Vacancies in WCPT for Professional Advisers, Application Deadline 16th January 2017


Professional Adviser Full time (12 Month Contract Renewable)

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy is an international professional association representing the physical therapy (physiotherapy) profession.  Founded in 1951 it is a UK Registered Charity and its members are 112 national physical therapy associations.

WCPT is looking for two professional advisers to work with the team on a range of projects that support the development of high quality physical therapy practice and education.

Description of the position:

The position will provide advice to WCPT staff, Board, members and external stakeholders on a range of professional matters relating to physical therapy education and practice. The position is responsible for developing and managing a number of projects in line with WCPT’s strategic plan
such as:
 Accreditation service
 CEUs re-evaluation and relaunch
 Country profile project
 Experts database
 Policy briefings on range of global issues
 External relations mapping.


Professional Adviser Part-time (8 Month Contract)

Description of the position:
The position is a key part of the organising team for Congress 2017 in Cape Town. The Congress has an extensive scientific programme spread across a range of forums including symposia, discussion panels, seminars, poster displays, courses and platform abstracts.
This role will provide management support to the International Scientific Committee by organising the content and scheduling of sessions, operational logistics and other tasks as required.



The Professional Advisor is an acknowledged leader within the physical therapy community who is able to demonstrate a commitment to supporting the development of the global physical therapy profession. They will be an innovative and creative individual who focusses on solutions not problems. The individual will need to be a well organised, hard-working and flexible. An understanding of the role that WCPT plays internationally is a key requirement as is the ability to undertake some international travel.



The salary is £40,000 with 5.6 weeks' paid leave per year (pro rata for part time role).

To apply send a letter of application, maximum 2 pages, setting out your interest in the position and addressing how you meet the person specification and requirements of the position. Submit this with a copy of your curriculum vitae, maximum 4 pages, to info@wcpt.org by 16 January 2017.

To discuss this role further please contact Jonathon Kruger, Chief Executive Officer atjkruger@wcpt.org or +44 (0)20 7931 6465.

Job Vacancies in WCPT, Applications close 16th January 2017





Business Support Officer

WCPT is an international professional association representing the physical therapy (physiotherapy) profession.  Founded in 1951 it is a UK Registered Charity and its members are 112 national physical therapy associations.  This is a new role that will be instrumental in facilitating the smooth running of WCPT and managing the work for the CEO, President, Board and key committees.

Description of the position:
The position is instrumental in assisting the smooth running of WCPT and managing the work for the CEO, President and Board and key committees.
You will use your project management experience, initiative, confidence and organisational skills to  support the organisation. You will provide coordination, leadership and administrative support to a variety of projects and activities related to the operation of the organisation and the services provided. These include the governance requirements of the organisation, operational logistics and WCPT congress.
This will require liaising with staff, member organisations and Board/Committee members.

Main responsibilities:

1. Administrative support to CEO, President and Board members:

1.1. Scheduling of all Board and supporting Committee meetings both via teleconference and face-to-face.
1.2. Coordination and management of travel, accommodation, food and beverage
requirements for Board/Committee meetings.
1.3. Preparing papers for meetings, including formatting for house style and editorial work.
1.4. Taking minutes at some meetings.

2. Project management:

2.1. Work with Project Manager and Membership Coordinator to set up governance
activities on Teamwork® (project management software) and their ongoing management.
2.2. Work with the CEO and Board to develop project plans for new activities arising from the strategic and business plans.
2.3. For all WCPT activities ensure a focus on key performance indicators is implemented.
2.4. Ensure that the range of services provided to WCPT and WCPT Trading Ltd by
suppliers is delivered to timescale and within budget.
2.5. Ensure WCPT and Congress risk assessments are completed to agreed timelines.
2.6. Assist with administrative management of external relations, including setting up a tracking log that can be maintained and updated.
2.7. Assist with congress related activities as directed by the CEO/Director Professional Policy.

3. Business services:

3.1. Support in organising and making appointments or scheduling meetings for the CEO, President and Board members, including supporting preparations.
3.2. Coordination and management of travel, accommodation, food and beverage
requirements for those representing WCPT.
3.3. Carrying out background research to support initiatives and presenting findings.
3.4. Preparing presentations in support of activities.
3.5. Liaising with member organisations, regions, subgroups and networks as required by the CEO.
3.6. Management of general enquiries.
3.7. Maintenance of office systems, including data management and filing.
3.8. Maintaining office manuals, including office procedures and staff handbook.
3.9. Promote the image of WCPT in all activities and contribute to the overall development of the organisation undertaking any reasonable duties, as required and agreed, to support the work of WCPT.

4. Accreditation service:

The WCPT accreditation service offers education providers the opportunity to apply for review of physical therapist professional entry level education programmes against WCPT guidelines. Successful programmes are awarded recognition that they meet an
internationally agreed standard.

4.1. Manage the day to day administration of the entry level programme accreditation
process in liaison with the Professional Adviser.
4.2. Liaise with education providers about their applications and establish a schedule for each review in consultation with the Professional Adviser, education provider and
reviewers.
4.3. Prepare accreditation report templates for review team members.
4.4. Receive review reports from the review team members.
4.5. In liaison with the Professional Adviser format review reports as required for the
Accreditation Committee.
4.6. Coordinate review team visit arrangements, including travel and accommodation for members of the review team.
4.7. Arrange meetings of the Accreditation Committee, preparing all paperwork as
necessary.
4.8. Respond to queries regarding the accreditation service including sending an
application pack as required.
4.9. Check applications are complete, follow up outstanding items and send completed applications to reviewers.
4.10. Liaise with office staff to prepare certificates for both services.
4.11. Maintain the accreditation activity schedule.

The salary is £30,000 with 5.6 weeks' paid leave per year.

To apply send a letter of application, maximum 2 pages, setting out your interest in the position and addressing how you meet the person specification and requirements of the position. Submit this with a copy of your curriculum vitae, maximum 4 pages, to info@wcpt.org by 16 January 2017.

Please contact Jonathon Kruger, Chief Executive Officer jkruger@wcpt.org to clarify any details.

Physiotherapy Registration and Recruitment in the UK


If you are a physiotherapist seeking employment in the UK you may need some professional help.

If you've tried everything you know to get a physiotherapy job in the UK or Ireland, and you don't mind working with an employment or staffing agency, you may look at what Monroe Medical has to offer.


Monroe Medical is a registered provider of adaptation training – the missing requirement by HCPC.

This training includes:

- Supervised practicals and academic allowing you to work for completion within your own specific time frame.

- Flexible solution to the above requirements - programs can be part time or full time or tailored to suit your needs.

- A distance learning course to save you time and expenses.

- Intensive practical sessions to maximise successful completion leading to adaptation. 

- Individually designed adaptation training to make up shortfalls previously identify by HCPC assessor

A UK registered and HCPC approved physiotherapist will assist you throughout the entire process.

They also offer advanced MSK Training for physiotherapists especially for those who have no UK experience or have gaps in their career.
The aim of the programme is to provide a rewarding educational experience that enables you to develop professional and clinical physiotherapy skills.

15 Standards of Proficiency for Physiotherapists in the UK


If you are interested in working in the UK as a physiotherapist, it is important to know what is required of you. What exactly is the scope of physiotherapy practice in the UK and what are the required standards?

Here are some important points to note, when it comes to what is required from you before you can get registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council):

Registrant physiotherapists must:

1. Be able to practise safely and effectively within their
scope of practice

2. Be able to practise within the legal and ethical
boundaries of their profession

3. Be able to maintain fitness to practise

4. Be able to practise as an autonomous professional,
exercising their own professional judgement

5. Be aware of the impact of culture, equality, and
diversity on practice

6. Be able to practise in a non-discriminatory manner

7. Understand the importance of and be able to maintain
confidentiality

8. Be able to communicate effectively
(be able to communicate in English to the standard equivalent to
level 7 of the International English Language Testing System, with
no element below 6.51)

9. Be able to work appropriately with others

10. Be able to maintain records appropriately

11. Be able to reflect on and review practice

12. Be able to assure the quality of their practice
(be able to engage in evidence-based practice, evaluate practice
systematically and participate in audit procedures
)

13. Understand the key concepts of the knowledge base
relevant to their profession
( recognise the role of other professions in health and social care, be aware of the principles and applications of scientific enquiry,
including the evaluation of the efficacy of interventions and the
research process)

understand the following aspects of biological science:
– normal human anatomy and physiology, including the dynamic
relationships of human structure and function as related to the
neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardio-vascular and
respiratory systems

– patterns of human growth and development across the
lifespan

– factors influencing individual variations in human ability and
health status

– how the application of physiotherapy can cause physiological
and structural change

understand the following aspects of physical science:
– the principles and theories from physics, biomechanics,
applied exercise science and ergonomics that can be applied
to physiotherapy

– the means by which the physical sciences can inform the
understanding and analysis of movement and function

– the principles and application of measurement techniques
based on biomechanics or electrophysiology

– the application of anthropometric and ergonomic principles

understand the following aspects of clinical science:

– pathological changes and related clinical features commonly
encountered in physiotherapy practice

– physiological, structural, behavioural and functional changes
that can result from physiotherapy intervention and disease
progression

– the specific contribution that physiotherapy can potentially
make to enhancing individuals’ functional ability, together with
the evidence base for this

– the different concepts and approaches that inform the
development of physiotherapy intervention 

understand the following aspects of behavioural science:
– psychological, social and cultural factors that influence an
individual in health and illness, including their responses to the
management of their health status and related physiotherapy
interventions

– how psychology, sociology and cultural diversity inform an
understanding of health, illness and health care in the context
of physiotherapy and the incorporation of this knowledge into
physiotherapy practice

– theories of communication relevant to effective interaction with
service users, carers, colleagues, managers and other health
and social care professionals
– theories of team working

14. Be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to
inform practice (understand the structure and function of health and social care
services in the UK, be able to deliver and evaluate physiotherapy programmes)

15. Understand the need to establish and maintain a safe
practice environment
(Understand the need to maintain the safety of both service users
and those involved in their care, know and be able to apply appropriate moving and handling techniques, be aware of applicable health and safety legislation, and any
relevant safety policies and procedures in force at the workplace)