Almost 600 registrants tested the Self-Reflective Assessment Tool, Stage 1, and most went on to complete a follow-up survey.
We then invited Stage 1 participants to use their results to draw up a Continuing Professional Development Plan, Stage 2 of the PSP. These registrants were invited to complete a second short survey regarding the instructions provided, the usefulness of the Learning Resource Guide, and other aspects of Stage 2.
More than 250 registrants completed this second survey. We were pleased that 84% of respondents felt that sufficient information and instruction had been provided, allowing them to use their Stage 1 results to develop a Stage 2 Continuing Professional Development Plan. Most respondents prefer using templates in digital form or online, and 77% are comfortable enough with the 14 Career-span Competencies (CSCs), and the PSP framework as a whole, to develop learning objectives that are suited to them.
The survey responses and additional input provided by these registrants has been invaluable in helping the College fine-tune the PSP and we thank you!
Incorporating PSP into CE program
Our intent has always been that the PSP eventually replace the current Continuing Competency Program requirement of completing a fixed minimum of 50 CE hours in a reporting period.
We would like to let you know now that components of the Practice Support Program will be incorporated into the Continuing Competency CE Program starting in April 2022.
Registrants starting a new CE cycle in April 2022 must complete the Self-Reflective Assessment from April to August 2022, during the first 5 months of the CE cycle. In this way, registrants will be able to use the resulting assessment to plan learning activities throughout the whole CE period.
Practice Support Program Refresher
As a provincial healthcare regulator, CTCMA strives to ensure that registrants continually improve the quality of services they provide. Improved client outcomes and enhanced public safety are of paramount importance and the College recognizes and initiates related activities.
As the Practice Support Program will be mandatory, we thought it timely to provide a refresher on what it’s all about. Continuing professional development for healthcare professionals is critical. It’s also an obligation of self-regulation in BC, written right into our bylaws.
The basic concept behind the PSP is that, as you grow in your profession and develop your practice, your ability to deliver safe, effective, quality care within your chosen focus of practice will be fine-tuned. The PSP will provide you with tools and support to achieve this by promoting professional behaviour, self-evaluation, peer mentorship, and continued learning across the span of your career.
The goals are to ensure that:
patients receive safe, professional, consistent care
the public has confidence in CTCMA registrants
registrants take responsibility for learning and enhancing their own practices.
The PSP identifies 14 Career-span Competencies (CSCs), professional behaviours really, that apply to all registrants in all practice settings, from the point of entry-to-practice and onwards. It provides assessment tools (which we have been testing these last few months) to help gauge your level of performance relative to these competencies and will help focus your ongoing learning. Here are the 14 Career-span Competencies.
Act with professional integrity
Comply with legal requirements
Function in a client-centered manner
Work within areas of personal knowledge & skills
Maintain a safe work environment
Maintain comprehensive records
Maintain personal wellness consistent with needs of practice
Manage time & resources effectively
Treat others respectfully
Practice in a manner consistent with current developments in the profession
Use an evidence-informed approach in your work
Interact effectively with other professionals
Practice in a self-reflective manner
Participation in the PSP will help you identify your strengths and areas in which you may need further work, and to take responsibility for your own professional growth.
Once the PSP is fully operational as the new Continuing Competency Program, the counting of a fixed number of CEUs completed during a 2-year reporting cycle, with minimum and maximum limits in categories A, B, and C, will be discontinued. The emphasis will shift from counting specific CE hours in specific categories, to ensuring that the learning objectives are suited to individual registrants, allowing them to excel in their practices.
If you would like to take another look at the PSP video and related information, click here.