As regulated health care professionals, occupational therapists (OTs) make a commitment to continuous improvement. Each registered OT in Ontario is required to take part in the College’s Quality Program. That helps OTs to learn, reflect on their roles and responsibilities, and measure their knowledge and performance.
The Quality Program is one of the ways that the College gives members of the profession the tools and feedback to continually improve their competence. That adds to public protection.
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In occupational therapy, the demands of the practice
environments and client needs constantly change. Completing the elements
of the Quality Program helps occupational therapists (OTs) to continue to upgrade their knowledge and skills.
The College has three mandatory requirements for OTs:
- Prescribed Regulatory Education Program (PREP) Modules. Each
year, OTs complete a self-directed learning module. This helps them
ensure that they are up-to-date on the key issues and practices of the
- Self-Assessment Tool. This process
promotes reflection by the OT about their practice. Are they meeting the
Essential Competencies? Do some areas need improvement? OTs must do
this every two years, or when a change in practice occurs.
- Professional Development Plan. Every year, OTs must document their learning goals, activities and results of the learning.
The College requires OTs to retain copies of all of these
materials for five years. This
will help OTs demonstrate their continuing competence.
Review and Evaluation
As part of the Quality program OTs receive feedback to encourage practice improvements. Each year the College selects a number of OTs at random to participate in a Competency Review and Evaluation.
If picked an OT presents their professional portfolio.
That’s the organizational tool that contains all the information
relating to their ongoing participation in the Quality program. In
addition, the OT’s peers, co-workers and clients complete a survey.
It collects information on the OT’s practice, and helps determine if
the OT is meeting the Essential Competencies and standards of the
In some cases, an OT may be require to complete a Practice Assessment. This is a more detailed evaluation of competency. If that happens:
- A peer assessor, who is an experienced OT, reviews and discusses client records and interviews the OT.
- The assessor provides a report to the OT and the Quality Assurance
Committee on the OT’s practice, any issues and identified learning
- The Committee determines whether the OT’s practice demonstrates continued competence and meets acceptable standards.
- If practice concerns and/or learning needs are identified, the
Committee may call for continuing competency or remedial activities.