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  • Are Great Practitioners At Risk of Losing Their Reputation?

    Jan 20, 2016

    There was a BBC headline that caught my eye not too long ago: “Athletics doping: What happens if trust goes out of sport?”* It was about the results of an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but it could have been about your profession. It could have been physiotherapists.

    I have to quote the next part, because it resonated so loudly for me: “… sport is not getting the governance it deserves. Governance is a dull word…. (but) it is critical, and it is critical that it is done right, because otherwise we are all being cheated. Sportspeople are being swindled of their careers, of their reputations, of their future. Us sports lovers are being defrauded of our trust, our emotional energy and our financial largesse.”

    This is exactly how I feel about regulating physiotherapy.

    So many of you are amazing. You put your patients first. You work extremely hard to fit one more person into your busy schedules. You assess carefully and you reassess regularly. You bill fairly. Your advertising is truthful and classy. You keep on top of new developments in treatment options and other knowledge. You don’t advise patients to come in for sessions that you know that they don’t really need.

    You care.

    And then there are the few who cut corners in treatment, breach the standards and break the law.

    It’s true that governance is a dull word (not to me, but I understand how you might feel that way), but it’s critical that that we do it right because those of you who are great practitioners are at risk of losing your reputation.

    Our standard setting, quality management and professional conduct activities are your insurance against encroachment of the swindlers.

    As we hear more and more stories about overuse of physiotherapist assistants, failure to engage in continuing professional development, insurance fraud and new grads who can’t find jobs where they are not expected to break the rules, good regulation is more important than ever if you want your profession to retain its reputation as a caring discipline with a unique and essential skill set and body of knowledge, stand behind regulation.

    Do something about it. Report colleagues you honestly believe are failing to meet their professional obligations. Participate in public consultations. Get involved with the College Council or join your professional association.

    Participation is another way that you can protect patients because if they don’t feel like they can trust your profession, they will stop coming to see you.

    One more quote I want to share – let me know if you see the parallel to physiotherapy:

    “Sport only survives if we all keep coming back. We come back because we believe in it. If that trust goes, everything else falls with it.”

    [1] http://www.bbc.com/sport/34767962

     

    There was a BBC headline that caught my eye not too long ago: “Athletics doping: What happens if trust goes out of sport?”* It was about the results of an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but it could have been about your profession. It could have been physiotherapists. I have to […]
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  • How Will You Stay Inspired in 2016?

    Jan 08, 2016
    Guest Blogger: Shari Hughes, PT I just read something inspiring—so inspiring in fact, that I want to share it with my fellow PTs. Here it is: “Our quest [as health care providers] is clear…It’s a search for meaning in the value of the person who has come to honour us with his or her quest […]
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  • Shout, Shout – Let it All Out!!!

    Dec 11, 2015
    You Talk. We Listen.  By now you know we’ve been working hard to consult about the potential for clinic regulation in Ontario. The one and only thing about the consultations that has disappointed me is the suspicion I’ve encountered about the consultation process itself. It appears that many people seem to think that our working […]
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  • Shhh! The Registrar’s TOP SECRET FORMULA for Avoiding Complaints!

    Oct 21, 2015
    Amanda is a young woman in pain. Mr. McBean is an experienced physiotherapist who achieves excellent clinical outcomes. So how come she’s complained about him? Because he reached his arm across her chest, coming into contact with her breast Because it really hurt when he moved her arm through the full range of motion Because […]
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  • Regulating Clinics – Your Turn to Talk!

    Oct 14, 2015
    We know physiotherapists are sometimes compelled by their employers to provide services in a way that does not meet the profession’s clinical or ethical expectations. And sometimes business operators engage in behaviour that physiotherapists aren’t even aware of, but can still get the PT in trouble: they use the physio’s name for bad advertising or billing practices, […]
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  • Friend not Foe: A PT Student Experience

    Aug 31, 2015
    When I learned that I would be completing my clinical placement at the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, I was apprehensive. In the world of PT students, I have found that the College is often misunderstood and sometimes negatively perceived. From creating standards to performing practice assessments, aka “audits,” to discipline hearings, my impression was […]
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  • Sitting in My Castle, Making Up the Rules…

    Aug 10, 2015
    Judging by some of the comments to some of my blogs, some of you must think I sit in my office, scheming to write rules that make the lives and jobs of physiotherapists harder than they need to be. When I wrote the blog “My support person hurt someone. Am I in trouble?” one person […]
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  • Patients or Friends—Does it Have to Be One or the Other?

    Jul 08, 2015
    Your patient asks you to play on her softball team. There’s nothing romantic and you have lots of common interests and a couple of common friends. Should you join the team? I’ve written in my blog about boundaries before—we are pretty clear that dating patients is a problem and that sexual relationships are forbidden. But […]
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  • Records, Consent and How to Stay out of Trouble

    Jun 08, 2015
    I’ve blogged about consent before (What do you call uninformed consent? Punchline: No consent at all). In that post, I reminded you that your job in getting consent is to make sure that the patient fully understands his or her options and makes his or her own decision about how to proceed. Too often, the […]
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  • Perspective is Everything

    May 20, 2015
              Shenda’s Peter’s Blog If the saying “perspective is everything“ holds true, then I got my fair share of ‘everything’ earlier this month at World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) in Singapore. It was an excellent conference with more than 3,500 PTs from around the world coming together for three days […]
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