CPTBC Regional Tour 2017

In October and November 2017, College staff and Board members were on the road a lot! We went on an 11-city road trip to meet with physical therapists across B.C. to hear from you and share updates from the College.

The tour gave us an opportunity to share our plans for enhanced communication with registrants, upcoming changes to streamline the registration and other processes, and news on Board elections, bylaw updates and a new webinar series.

During our stops in Cranbrook, Creston, Kelowna, Victoria, Surrey, North Vancouver, Nanaimo, Abbotsford, Kamloops, Comox / Courtenay, and Fort St John, our informal gatherings allowed for great discussions. We heard about the issues that affect many of you in your regular practice.

Topics raised most frequently on the tour:

Health human resources

  • PT shortages in specialty areas (public practice and pediatric)
  • Supervising interim registrants in settings with low numbers or a PT shortage
  • Impact of chronic shortages of PT services

Scope of practice

  • Professional identity, restricted activities, ordering diagnostics
  • Importance of keeping PT regulations up-to-date

Registrant Competence Assessment

  • Lessons learned from 2015
  • RCA item development
  • Future changes to the Blueprint

Dry needling

  • Regulatory policy and authorization to use needles in practice
  • Level and quality of training to perform needling and potential patient safety risks

Other issues discussed included complaints / inquiry process, fee increase, Quality Assurance Program, issues for rural and remote physical therapists, use of technology, and the WorkSafeBC contract.

Survey results from attendees following the tour told us:

  • Almost 90% felt the Regional Tour meeting was worthwhile and it met the goal of listening to registrants and building relationships
  • Almost 90% said they shared issues facing physical therapists in their community
  • 93% would consider attending a similar meeting in the future
  • 79% would be inclined to connect with the College through the website and social media

This feedback is helpful is tailoring future regional tours and events for registrants. Thanks again to all the registrants who reached out and connected with us! We look forward to meeting even more registrants in 2018.