The CSP has received confirmation that the Institute for Apprenticeships has approved the standard for the physiotherapy degree apprenticeship.
CSP assistant director Sally Gosling
The standard sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that individuals will need to demonstrate as they progress through the new apprenticeship route to qualify as a physiotherapist.
It makes clear that the apprenticeship will be at honours degree level and that all apprentices will need to follow a degree programme, for which Health and Care Professions Council approval and CSP accreditation have been secured.
CSP assistant director Sally Gosling welcomed the news, saying that although there was more work to be done, it was a key step towards the physiotherapy degree apprenticeship becoming available.
‘The engagement of CSP members in the consultation on the standard last year was very important, including to ensure that the standard defines the apprenticeship robustly and in ways that fully reflect the demands of contemporary physiotherapy practice,’ she said.
The next phase is to develop the assessment plan for the apprenticeship. This is already under way and being carried out by a sub-group of the physiotherapy trailblazer group. Each group includes physiotherapy managers, educators and CSP representatives.
Dr Gosling said that the aim was for the assessment plan to be ready for submission to the Institute for Apprenticeships by the end of February 2018, with consultation due to take place before this. After it has been approved, the degree apprenticeship will be ready for delivery.
‘It will, however, take some time for employers and education providers to work together to prepare for this and to make the apprenticeship available,’ she said.
As part of work to support and influence apprenticeship developments, the CSP has secured a meeting for allied health professions membership organisations with the Institute for Apprenticeships on 16 January.
The meeting will focus on issues of shared interest about the assessment and quality assurance of apprenticeships.
The CSP has also set up a member working group to develop advice on practical implementation issues, and submitted a response to the parliamentary education select committee’s ongoing inquiry into apprenticeships. This submission can be found below.
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