New Practice Assessment Process Launched April 1, 2019

Learn more about the new practice assessment process, beginning with a pilot test for a selection of physiotherapists. 

Pilot Tests

On April 1, 2019, the new practice assessment program rolled out, beginning with a pilot test of the remote assessment. The pilot test allows us to:

  • Test the new assessment tools
  • Collect feedback from members and assessors
  • Better determine the scoring system for on-site assessments

We selected 250 PTs from a pool of physiotherapists who had never had a practice assessment. In order to make sure this selection was an appropriate representation of all PTs we selected members from different practice settings, members who were rostered for specific activities or members who worked with specific patient populations. This way, when the data is studied following the pilot project, it is applicable to all physiotherapists.

After completing the pilot test, those selected will be removed from rotation for practice assessments for approximately 10 years.

Step 1: Remote Assessments

The remote assessment is a one-hour interview with a College trained assessor. For the pilot test, some remote assessments will include a second assessor to help make sure assessment ratings are consistent.

We will review all remote assessments from the pilot test to develop scoring framework to determine when a PT will be selected for a more in-depth on-site assessment, and when a remote assessment is sufficient.

Step 2: On-site Assessments

In approximately July, we will begin the pilot test for on-site assessments. On-site assessments will take up to four hours to complete and will take place at the PTs primary place of employment, where they deliver the most patient care.

More details will be shared for on-site assessments.

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Beyond the Pilot Tests

Eligible members who had not participated in a practice assessment before were selected first, starting with the members who had been in practice the longest without an assessment. Members will not be re-selected for a practice assessment until all members have been assessed.

Members who had not completed the pilot test will be eligible for practice assessments if they:

  • Have an active Independent Practice registration
  • Are registered in Independent Practice for more than two years, and
  • Are currently providing patient care