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Network News - Volume 3 Number 3

In This Issue:

September Webcast: Leveraging Data to Make More Effective Regulatory Decisions

Spurred on by regulatory experts such as Professor Malcolm Sparrow (Harvard Kennedy School) and Professors Valerie and John Braithwaite (Australian National University), the recent decade has seen a significant shift in the way that regulatory bodies around the world are approaching the task of regulation.

From domains as diverse as finance, environmental and health, regulators are beginning to change from a traditionally reactive and adversarial legal model, to one of being more responsive, collaborative, evidence-based and preventative.

Live Session: Wednesday, September 14: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET Washington, DC, United States
Replay: Tuesday, September 20: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET Washington, DC, United States

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If you would like to attend, please register by emailing with the following information.

  1. Tell us which session you will attend:
    a. The live session, September 14
    b. The replay, September 20
  2. Include your:
    a. Name
    b. Organization
    c. Country
    d. Email address

Once you have registered, we will send you instructions for participating in the webcast.

Can’t attend either session?
Look for an email from INPTRA announcing that the webcast has been posted to the INPTRA website!


Dr Martin Roberts, Senior Statistician, Australian AHPRA Risk-based Regulation Unit (RBRU)
Dr Martin Roberts is currently Senior Statistician for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which supports the regulation of over 620,000 professionals across 14 different health professions, and from nearly all states and territories of Australia. Prior to this role, he worked as a Data Management Specialist for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. During this time, his work focused on developing and implementing leading edge confidentiality protocols for publically disseminated data; as well as aligning organisational data management practices with international standards. More recently, he has been developing and consulting on ways that natural language processing techniques and other machine learning solutions can be leveraged to gain deeper insights into enterprise data.

INPTRA 2017 Corrected Dates!

In previous newsletters, we incorrectly listed the INPTRA 2017 conference as the same dates as the 2017 WCPT Congress.

We are actually meeting before the WCPT Congress in Cape Town, South Africa on June 30 - July 1, 2017.

Ten key trends emerging from an international review of licensing and discipline

Two articles in the United States’ Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Journal of Medical Regulation provide interesting ideas on how regulators can ensure the public is receiving improved healthcare.

Medical Regulation: Ten Key Trends Emerging from an International Review shows how nations deal with the licensing and discipline of physicians.

Supporting Physician lifelong Learning through Effective Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development shows how improvements in the delivery and form of continuing medical education better serve to maintain competencies. That is just a beginning of the process.

Requests for Support

Organizations continue to request information or support in a number of areas of physiotherapy regulation.

Our latest request was from Douglas Kotut of the Physiotherapy Council of Kenya, who requested resources as they finalize the development of rules for physiotherapy.

You can view the requests and responses on our website at Regulatory Resources|Requests for Support.

We would be glad to:

  • Research a question regarding some aspect of physiotherapy regulation.
  • Provide a letter to support measures that strengthen safe and competent physiotherapy.

Canada: 2016 CNAR Conference

The Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation is the federation of national organizations whose provincial and territorial members are identified in legislation as responsible for protection of the public through the self-regulation of professions and occupations.

The 2016 CNAR Conference is November 1-3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. Sessions include Psychometric Defensibility Boot Camp, fundamentals of professional regulation, continuing competence, investigations training, preventing and sanctioning Illegal practice and unlawful use of title, telepractice, and more.

More information.

Ireland: Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics Updated to Clarify Standards Expected of Doctors

Ireland’s Medical Council reported that it “published its updated Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics (8th Edition) at an event at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield.

“The guide was updated after the Council completed a comprehensive consultation process with members of the public, doctors and a range of partner organisations on issues relating to doctors’ professional conduct and ethics.

“A survey of 1,000 members of the public was conducted by Amárach on behalf of the Council, while 566 doctors were surveyed by the Council.”

Read article.

United Kingdom – News from HCPC Issues Brief

These articles are from the Health & Care Professions Council’s weekly Issues Brief.
Subscribe and view previous editions here.

New guidance published to help medical students become good doctors
The General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council have published guidance to help medical students appreciate what is required of them to be good doctors by the time they graduate from university.

The two pieces of guidance are Achieving good medical practice, a document for medical students outlining the required standards and professional behaviour, and Professional behaviour and fitness to practise, which is aimed at supporting medical school staff in delivering student fitness to practise processes.

Click here to read more

Consultation on revised Guidance on returning to practice
The HCPC is currently running a consultation on revised guidance for those wanting to return to practice. The consultation will be of interest for professionals who are currently not practising and are considering returning to practice, or are considering a break in their practice, and thinking about what this might mean in the future. The consultation will also be relevant for employers who are considering supervising or employing a professional who is returning to practice.

The consultation will close on Friday 7 October 2016.

Read more

General Dental Council (GDC) publish guidance on duty of candour
The GDC have published guidance on the duty of candour for dental professionals. The guidance is intended to encourage dental professionals to apologise where care has fallen below the standard patients should expect. The guidance seeks to stress that apologising is not the same as admitting liability and in the engagement work with defence organisations, there was agreement that apologies can often prevent escalation and potential litigation.

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Government launches consultation on knowledge and skills statement for social workers
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the content of their knowledge and skills statement for children and family social workers involved in permanence planning. It sets out what they need to know in order to make long-term plans for children who are looked after or may become looked after.

The consultation closes on Friday 9 September 2016.

Read more

Making changes to the information published about fitness to practise
The United Kingdom General Medical Council will be introducing time limits on how long they post information about sanctions imposed on doctors.

The information currently appears on the GMC’s website indefinitely.

Read more.

United States: Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in PT Practice

The US American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopaedic Section’s Imaging Special Interest Group (I-SIG) has published a white paper on imaging in PT practice.

“Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice” describes the history and current status of imaging in physical therapist practice and advocates for expanded imaging privileges for physical therapists to benefit the individual healthcare consumer and society.

View document.

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INPTRA Regulatory Guiding Principles

These principles on physiotherapy regulation have been developed to provide guidance both to already-established regulatory authorities and, in particular, to those countries where physiotherapy regulation is developing or has not yet been developed. This version is based on feedback from attendees of the INPTRA 2015 conference in Singapore.

The principles provide specific areas that should be addressed in a regulatory model for physiotherapy.

While not all the principles may be feasible at the current time within a particular jurisdiction, they should provide guidance for future change.

The principles also provide the foundation for the collection of data, evidence and resources related to each of the principles.

View the Regulatory Guiding Principles.

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  • Country: The name of your country.
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  • Regulatory Model: Provide a brief one-paragraph summary.
  • Website: The website of the organization that represents physiotherapy regulators in your country.


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