Among subjects discussed at April's WCPT's Executive Commitee meeting in London were tools to help member organisations in their attempts to achieve regulation, new guidelines for accrediting education programmes, and the forthcoming WCPT Awards.
New support for regulation efforts
This July, member organisations will receive a draft of a model practice act for physical therapists. This is one of the tools WCPT has designed to help member organisations in their efforts to implement a system of professional regulation in their country.
The draft template act was considered by the WCPT Executive Committee at its meeting and will be revised further. It will then be circulated to member organisations for review in the next few months. A final document will go before the WCPT general meeting in 2011 for approval.
Guidelines for accreditation on the way
How do you set about evaluating physical therapy education programmes in your country? How do you know if they are meeting standards?
A new document is being prepared by the WCPT Executive Committee that sets out a process and guidelines for reviewing and accrediting education programmes. It includes guidance on how to set up a review process.
The guidelines complement the curriculum guidelines that WCPT has already published in an attempt to support attempts to maintain and raise standards of physical therapy education globally. The accreditation document will be ready to send out for consultation to member organisations in the coming months, and after amendment will go to the WCPT general meeting in 2011 for final approval.
Awards committee discussed
The WCPT Executive Committee identified nominees for the awards committee, which will decide on who should win awards to be presented at the WCPT General Meeting in Amsterdam in 2011.
The appointments are now being confirmed, and the awards will be publicised in July. Member organisations will then be invited to put forward names for people who have made a major contribution to the profession.