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Training and education for respiratory on-call physiotherapists in the UK: a national survey

Warrington, J; Swingwood, E; Shannon, H; (2018) Training and education for respiratory on-call physiotherapists in the UK: a national survey. Journal of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care , 50 pp. 40-51. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Physiotherapists frequently provide emergency on-call respiratory services outside of normal working hours. The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC) has raised concerns regarding the heterogeneity of training and education across the United Kingdom, particularly given that non-respiratory physiotherapists participate in on-call respiratory treatments. The aim of this study was to explore current provision of on-call respiratory physiotherapy in the United Kingdom (UK). Methods: This study employed a survey-based approach. An online survey was developed and piloted to meet the aims of the study. Physiotherapists were recruited proactively via professional on-line noticeboards, the Council for Allied Health Professionals’ Research, other special interest groups and using social media. The survey was open to responses for 3 weeks. Results: A total of 120 responses were received, of which 13 were excluded as they did not meet the inclusion criteria. Responses indicated good representation nationally, from those who run on-call services and deliver training at their respective hospitals. There was wide variation in the processes that physiotherapists must complete prior to undertaking on-call duties. Competence was assessed via a number of means, with wide variation between the assessment methods. There was a lack of consensus regarding the purpose of on-call respiratory physiotherapy. Conclusion: The results highlight the varied nature of on-call service provision and training in the UK. Training methods have shifted from supervised sessions to more practical-based work utilising the skills and knowledge of colleagues.

Type: Article
Title: Training and education for respiratory on-call physiotherapists in the UK: a national survey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.acprc.org.uk/publications/acprc-respir...
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124350
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