The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) has developed a procedure to ensure the confidentiality of information.

The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) recognizes that, occasionally due to unavoidable circumstances, you may need to ask us to defer. This may be for numerous reasons (as a result of illness, family circumstances, or maternity leave).

To request the deferral, write to us and ask for a deferral explaining your reasons for why you cannot participate. We will review your request to see whether it is fair to you, and to others chosen that year, to approve the deferral. If you defer, you will automatically be chosen to participate when your registration is next renewed or based on the timeline provided in the deferral approval letter.

Our deferral process will make sure, as far as possible, that although we are fair to those who cannot participate, we are still being fair to those who do participate. If you need to apply for a deferral more than once, your request will be reviewed by your peers on the Continuing Competence Committee who will deem if the deferral should be granted based on the information and rationale provided.

No. The CPP is linked to yearly renewal of registration. You will be required to participate in the CPP at the next renewal cycle.

No. The CCP is linked to yearly renewal of registration. You will be required to participate in the CPP at the next renewal cycle.

All registrants irrespective of whether they work on a full-time, part-time, permanent or casual basis are required to participate in the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) if they wish to remain registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM). The onus is on the individual to select which continuing professional development activities best suits them and will allow them to meet the standards of the program

Once the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) falls under The Regulated Health Professions Act it will be mandatory to participate in the Continuing Competency Program. This will include the completion of the Practice Reflection Submission on a yearly basis as well as participating in the Practice Audit when selected randomly.

Only those registrants who are randomly selected are notified to submit specific documents to CPM.

Participation in the Continuing Competency Program (CCP) may affect your ability to renew your registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM).

Contact the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba (CPM) at (204) 287-8502 or revisit our website for updates.

In 2000, members of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators reviewed and rejected this option. A number of issues associated with mandatory Continuing Education or CE credits were raised. They included:

First, while members can be forced by registration renewal requirements to participate in education, they cannot be made to learn or apply learning to practice. Second, members may select programs that are unrelated to their practice. Third, formal education activities may be inaccessible to members because of cost and/or geographic issues. Fourth, programs that meet learning needs may not be available. Finally, there is a lack of conclusive evidence that mandatory continuing education is an effective means of maintaining or increasing competence. Mandatory continuing education should be considered as an approach to encourage professional development/ongoing learning but not as a direct measure on continuing competence (National Framework for Assuring the Continuing Competence of Physiotherapists in Canada 2000)

The Regulated Health Professions Act requires all regulated health professionals such as CPM to establish and maintain a CCP to promote and sustain high standards of practice amongst registrants. In order to maintain our self-regulated status under the new legislation it is imperative that CPM develop a CCP.

CPM has chosen a program which supports a physiotherapists efforts to demonstrate continuing competence through establishing yearly goals and completing a Practice Reflection Submission, promoting continuing education, and random practice audit selection rather than a Quality Assurance Program whereby a physiotherapist would be required to prove his/her competence by undertaking a comprehensive written exam every few years (as done in another province).

It is widely accepted that a single tool that provides reliable, valid, and cost-effective measure of clinical competence does not exist, therefore a combination of evaluation methods is needed. A review of other colleges and disciplines reveals similar programs in place or to be launched across Canada.

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