Jamaica: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Jamaica Physiotherapy Association and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2018

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Summary report for Jamaica
Professional name
English name:
Registered Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
National language names:
  • RPT - Registered Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
  • Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
  • RPT  (Protected by law)
  • Physical Therapist  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
87
Female%
Not available
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
280    (Estimated)
Female%:
Not available
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Jamaica
Recognised special interest groups:
Sports physical therapy
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
1
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
3
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Masters degree
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Jamaica
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Property practice_other
Standards of practice:
Code of conduct:
 
Education for autonomous practice:
No
Limitations:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
No
Will this be reimbursed:
No
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
Council for the Professions Supplementary to Medicine, Ministry of Health, Government of Jamaica.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013  2015  2017