Reflecting in and on your practice as a First Contact Physiotherapist

When completing your roadmap portfolio as a First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) in England, you will need to critically reflect on your Knowledge, Skills and Attributes (KSA).

Your roadmap portfolio will need to include a number of critical reflections that demonstrate how you have met the KSAs. These reflections need to demonstrate level 7 academic thinking and writing skills.

Reflection activity

A complex clinical scenario is likely to contain lots of learning relating to many of the KSAs. When thinking about a situation, consider critically what learning has occurred in relation to each of the KSAs. One activity or event is likely to provide evidence for multiple KSAs.

Ask key reflective questions such as:

  • What was the situation and what were my role(s) and actions?
  • What decisions did I make and why?
  • What led me to those decisions?
  • What aspects went well and why?
  • What didn’t go so well and why?
  • If I did this again, what would I do differently?
  • What was the service user’s perspective?
  • Did I evaluate the situation or collect sufficient data to demonstrate my impact?
  • How can I share what I have learned with others?
  • What reading or learning do I need to develop further in this area?

What is level 7?

Study at university equates to different academic levels. The final year of a bachelor's degree is level 6 (level 10 in Scotland). Please note, these levels are not the same as agenda for change pay bands. Master's degrees are at academic level 7 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and level 11 on the Scottish equivalent framework. You can access webinars about Level 7 learning and building a Level 7 portfolio portfolio to understand more. Broadly all students working at master's level need to demonstrate:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables the student: 1) to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; 2) to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of master’s qualifications will be able to:

  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
  • Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

Holders of level 7 or equivalent qualifications will have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • The exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
  • Decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations.
  • The independent learning ability required for CPD.

For more description, see The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies.

Find out more about writing at level 7 for your FCP portfolio by watching an Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Network webinar.

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