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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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.
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