On Monday 25th July at 8pm(BST) we’ll be discussing Advanced Practice in physiotherapy in a #physiotalk tweetchat.
Advanced practice enables physiotherapists to incorporate advanced level skills and knowledge within their physiotherapy practice. Advanced Practice Physiotherapists (APPs) have the skills to address complex decision making processes and manage risk in unpredictable contexts. Physiotherapists incorporating advanced practice will have completed an advanced programme of studies and/or, are able to demonstrate the ability to work at an advanced/ Master’s level of practice’. CSP, 2016
Workforce shortages, financial pressures, changing patient needs, service and care pathway redesign and non-medical prescribing have led to an increased focus on Advanced Practice roles across professions and in a range of areas of care. This brings both opportunities and challenges for physiotherapy.
During our chat we’ll be discussing what Advanced Practice is, how it varies, opportunities, risks and impact. Although many Advanced Physiotherapy Practice roles can be found in MSK services a number can also be found in other areas of practice, so the chat will explore common themes as well those unique to different specialties.
- Advanced practice in physiotherapy (CSP, 2016)
- What’s in a name? (CSP, 2016)
- Framework for Advanced Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Practice in Wales
- AHP Advanced Practice Education and Development Framework (Musculoskeletal). Scotland: NES Education for Scotland; 2012
- Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need (Nuffield Trust, 2016)
- Advanced Practice Framework, Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber
- Advanced clinical practice framework – Health Education England East Midlands
- Regional advance practice programme and framework – Health Education England West Midlands
Questions to think about:
- What is Advanced Practice? What isn’t it?
- What examples of Advanced Physiotherapy Practice are there across the country and internationally?
- Is there a consistent understanding of Advanced Practice roles, and how standardised are educational requirements, competencies and job descriptions? How could this be improved?
- Have we got the governance of these roles right to ensure safe and effective care?
- How can we identify and share best practice, as well as learning and impact?
The chat will be hosted by Naomi McVey, member of the physiotalk team and also Programme Manager for AHP Workforce in the North West of England.