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C: Support from available or emerging evidence

What kind of available or emerging evidence supports the area's inclusion in UK physiotherapy? Work through the questions and criteria below.

You can also download the prompt questions to work through and write on

C.1: Can you demonstrate clear evidence to support this area of practice within a broad health context (nursing, medicine etc)?

C.2: Can you demonstrate the best available or emerging evidence to support the inclusion of this proposed area within your physiotherapy practice?

C.3: Can you demonstrate there is available or emerging evidence to positively support safety, patient centredness and effectiveness in this area?

C.4: Is there any available or emerging evidence that casts doubt on the value or credibility of the area in meeting patient/population needs?

C.5: Is there any evidence that actively challenges safety, efficacy or effectiveness in this area?

Criteria for C: Support from available or emerging evidence

Requirement: Inclusion of a proposed new area of practice within the scope of UK physiotherapy practice is supported by appropriate forms of available or emerging evidence that affirm its safety, effectiveness and value to a service user in a particular environment.

Appropriate forms of available or emerging evidence support the inclusion of a new area of practice within the scope of UK physiotherapy practice, underpinning decision making and action.

The case for including a new area of practice is substantiated by referencing the best available evidence. It is recognised that this can take different forms of valid and relevant information and is often, but not exclusively, the outcome of research activity.

Consideration is given to the following:

  • where there is evidence that positively supports safety, effectiveness and patient-centredness in the new area
  • where evidence casts doubt on the value of the particular area of practice to patient care and/or to promoting health and well-being; in particular issues relating to safety, effectiveness and credibility
  • where there is a question over the new area relative to other possible areas, and relative to areas of practice that are established within the scope of UK physiotherapy.
  • where it may highlight where further research can valuably be done

Individual scope of practice

Always ask: Can I practice this modality or approach? Am I appropriately educated, trained and competent in this area?

To help clarify this, ask yourself whether you have:

  • completed an appropriate programme of professional development or learning in the area
  • kept records
  • maintained your competence to practice the area in question

If you are unsure whether this area is within your scope, there are further CSP resources that you can use.

Start by having a look at the Physiotherapy Framework Workbook.  Having done this you can create or log in to your CSP ePortfolio account.

I have completed sections A-C. What next?

Once you have completed the Scope of Practice promt questions A-C, continue to the page 'What's next?' using the link below.

Scope of Practice: What's next?

 

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