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Physios get first competence framework for palliative care

21 January 2015 - 5:27pm

An expert on palliative care has welcomed the publication of the only profession-specific competency framework for physiotherapists working in palliative care. 

Oncology

The palliative care competence framework, available to download below, has a chapter dedicated to physiotherapy

Aileen McCartney chairs the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care. She said the document is the first publication to give a list of competencies that physiotherapists, working at all levels with palliative care patients, would be expected to meet.

The Palliative care competence framework, published by the Irish Health Care Executive, has a chapter dedicated to physiotherapy.

It says that palliative care involves treating physical symptoms and attending to the psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients.

Palliative care is applicable for people of any age, the document says. And it may be integrated at any point in the trajectory of a disease, from diagnosis through the continuum of care to bereavement.

Ms McCartney, a senior physiotherapist at Medway Community Healthcare, said the framework was developed in Ireland using existing competency frameworks from other countries.

‘It is a tool for commissioners, managers and clinicians to use as part of appraisal, development and job descriptions,’ she said.

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