Challenges of CPD for physiotherapists working as lone practitioners in amputee rehabilitation

Cole, M.J., Morris, J. and Scamell, A. (2008) Challenges of CPD for physiotherapists working as lone practitioners in amputee rehabilitation Prosthetics & Orthotics International, 32 (3). pp. 264-275. ISSN 0309-3646

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the issues around continuing professional development (CPD) for physiotherapists working as lone practitioners in amputee rehabilitation in the United Kingdom (UK).Design: Qualitative method using a phenomenological approach via one to one semi-structured interviews and thematic data analysis.Setting and participants: Ten physiotherapists with responsibility for amputee rehabilitation working as lone practitioners in hospitals or specialist centres in the UK.Results: CPD is valued and there is commitment towards the process. Current solutions are identified but there are frustrations around more structured CPD and organizational issues. These include inadequate access to learning opportunities, lack of professional feedback, insufficient time and limited learning skills.Conclusion: There are opportunities for improving CPD through organizational structures but specialist input is recommended to support lone practitioners and managers with the process, e.g., consultant or peripatetic therapists.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative; continuing professional development; lone practice; amputee
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B600 Health Research
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/03093640802066923
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Health Professions
Depositing User: editor health
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 11:36
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/6005

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