FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to co-sign the Supervisee’s chart notes?  No, co-signing of all chart notes is not required. However, it is expected that chart notes are reviewed as necessary to ensure competency.

2. Can the Supervisee work alone? On the weekend? Evenings in private practice alone with an Assistant? This will vary depending on the capabilities of the new graduate, as assessed by the Supervisor. The Supervisee will undergo an initial assessment of skills and abilities by the Supervisor and an appropriate supervision plan will be created specifically for that Supervisee. The supervision can be indirect. This may include working alone, on weekends or evenings. However this is supervised, not independent practice and supervision must still be in place.

3. If they make a mistake, is my license on the line or theirs? Both. As the Supervisor, you are monitoring the new graduate’s practice and delegating patients whose requirements are within their competency level. The new graduate also has the responsibility to practice within their level of competency and discuss treatments with the Supervisor.

4. Can they bill third party payers independently? Yes, Supervisees can bill independently.

5. Can they work in the community in the patient’s home or in isolation a couple of times a week? See answer to #2 above.

6. What is my responsibility to the College – are there progress reports to write? How often? For the majority of Supervisees, only one progress report will be necessary within the 3-4 month period of supervision. The initial assessment of the Supervisee by the Supervisor does not involve a formal evaluation; its purpose is to formulate a supervision plan. For Supervisees who do not successfully complete the first sitting of the OSCE after graduation, the supervision period will be longer and require a formal evaluation every 3-6 months, as deemed appropriate by the Supervisor.

7. How long do I need to supervise them? Until the Supervisee receives notice she/he has been successful in passing the OSCE, or until a change of Supervisor is mutually agreed upon by both Supervisor and Supervisee. This change must be reported to the CPM. 

8. What if I am on vacation during the time they are supervised? The Supervisor must make arrangements for supervision by another physiotherapist when the Supervisor is not available. This temporary change does not need to be reported to CPM; only PERMANENT changes in Supervisor need to be reported to CPM.

9. Are they paid the same amount as a fully qualified physiotherapist? This is determined by each individual employer, not the CPM. 

10. What happens if the Supervisee fails the OSCE? If the Supervisee fails the OSCE, he/she continues on supervised practice. The Board of Assessors of CPM would require the Supervisee to reflect on a plan of action for success on the next OSCE. The plan must be put in writing and sent to the Board of Assessors. The Supervisee must successfully complete the PCE in three attempts within two years of starting the exam process. Failure to meet the deadline means that the person will no longer be able to register with CPM.