Practice Standards

In Nova Scotia we have adopted some National Practice Standards in addition to the standards that are specific to our province. We have adapted the Core national standards (only to reflect our own resources and references) and they can be found under NSCP Standards individually as revised.

    National Practice Standards

    Introduction

    Introduction

    Standards of practice are one component of a continuum of documents including code of ethics, position statements, practice guidelines, Essential Competencies, and Practice Milestones which direct the practice of professionals to provide superb care

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    Advertising

    Advertising

    The physiotherapist advertises in a manner that is truthful, accurate, verifiable, not misleading to the public, and in compliance with regulatory requirements.

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    Client Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions

    Client Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions

    The physiotherapist demonstrates proficiency in client assessment, diagnosis, and interventions to deliver high quality client-centred services.

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    Client-Centred Care

    Client-Centred Care

    The physiotherapist integrates a clientcentred approach in all aspects of physiotherapy service delivery.

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    Collaborative Practice

    Collaborative Practice

    The physiotherapist promotes collaborative practice with clients, health care team members, and other stakeholders to support the delivery of integrated, high quality, client-centred care.

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    Communication

    Communication

    The physiotherapist communicates clearly, effectively, professionally, and in a timely manner to support and promote high quality services.

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    Competence

    Competence

    The physiotherapist practices within her/his level of competence and actively pursues continuous lifelong learning to maintain competence in existing and emerging areas of her/his practice.

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    Conflict of Interest

    Conflict of Interest

    The physiotherapist must identify and avoid, or manage any real, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest.

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    Consent

    Consent

    The physiotherapist obtains clients’ ongoing informed consent for the delivery of physiotherapy services.

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    Documentation and Record Keeping

    Documentation and Record Keeping

    The physiotherapist maintains documents /records that are accurate, legible and complete; written in a timely manner; and in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.

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    Evidence-Informed Practice

    Evidence-Informed Practice

    The physiotherapist incorporates evidenceinformed practice in all aspects of physiotherapy service delivery.

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    Fees and Billing

    Fees and Billing

    The physiotherapist is responsible for ensuring that the fees charged for physiotherapy services are transparent and justifiable to enable clients to make informed choices.

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    Infection Control

    Infection Control

    The physiotherapist complies with infection prevention and control measures to support the health and safety of clients, health care providers, her/himself, and others.

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    Legislative Responsibilities

    Legislative Responsibilities

    The physiotherapist practices in compliance with all the legislative and regulatory requirements of their jurisdiction.

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    Privacy/Confidentiality

    Privacy/Confidentiality

    The physiotherapist respects clients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality of personal information including health, financial, and other information by practicing in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.

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    Professional Boundaries

    Professional Boundaries

    The physiotherapist acts with professional integrity and maintains appropriate professional boundaries with clients, colleagues, students, and others.

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    Quality Improvement

    Quality Improvement

    The physiotherapist engages in quality improvement activities to promote quality physiotherapy services.

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    Risk Management

    Risk Management

    The physiotherapist participates in risk management activities to promote quality physiotherapy services.

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    Safety

    Safety

    The physiotherapist promotes and maintains a safe environment for clients, health care providers, her/himself, and others to support quality services.

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    Supervision

    Supervision

    The physiotherapist is responsible and accountable for the physiotherapy services provided by personnel working under her/his supervision (supervisees).

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    Use of Title

    Use of Title

    The physiotherapist uses her/his title, credentials, and other designations to clearly identify her/himself to clients, other health providers, and the public.

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    Glossary of Terms

    Glossary of Terms

    Read more for definitions of key terms in the Standards of Practice

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    Nova Scotia Practice Standards