Continuing Competence

Completing Your Learning Plan Goal Sheet

PURPOSE: To have members demonstrate to the College that they are reflecting on their practice and developing strategies that will benefit their service user.

THE LEARNING GOAL: The goal must be geared towards your service user, and must have a measureable effect on them. A goal cannot be a single course; a course would be a learning activity.

INTENDED SERVICE USER: In this context, ‘service user’ means anyone who may be affected by your work or uses your services, ex: if you are involved in direct care, then it would be your clients or patients; if you are a teacher, then it’s your students; if you are an administrator, it could be your staff; if you are a researcher, it could be other PTs using your research findings.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES: These may include any activities, tools and/or people you may need to achieve your goal. You must have a mixture. This could include: courses, in-services, seminars, conferences, discussion with colleagues, reading books and articles.

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS: How will this affect your service user(s) directly? Be specific and measureable in what you will use as an outcome measure, as this is what you will use to gauge your success the following year upon reflection.
Why Set Professional Development Goals?

Physiotherapists are responsible for the development of yearly goals in order to improve their quality of practice.  Goal setting will help with your professional development by identifying specific areas of practice in need of improvement and implementing an action plan to improve performance. Goal setting promotes Continuing Competence (CC) in the profession of physiotherapy. Continuing Competence means that physiotherapists are maintaining and developing their skills and knowledge in order to practice safely and effectively. Setting professional development goals allows for an organized, prioritized method of ensuring that you are delivering to your clients the highest possible quality of clinical practice.

Writing Goals

In order for a goal to be effective, it must identify a specific outcome. A professional development goal should be thought of as achieving or accomplishing something that is measurable and relevant to your clinical practice. To complete the “Learning Plan Goal Sheets” for the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) in Manitoba there are certain requirements for the documentation of your goals. These are explained in more detail below.

CCP Requirements for goal setting include:

  1. Demonstrate that your continuing professional development (CPD) activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to your goal, and your current or future practice;
  2. Demonstrate that your CPD has contributed to the quality of your practice and service delivery;
  3. Demonstrate that your CPD benefits the service user.

This means the following:

Requirement 1: Demonstrate that your CPD is a mixture of different types of learning activities – not just one kind of learning – and that it is relevant to your work. It could be relevant to your current role or to a planned future role. For example, just reading journal articles would not satisfy this requirement.

Requirement 2: Demonstrate that your CPD improves the quality of your work. Learning activities should lead you to make changes in how you work, which improves the service that you are providing. Alternately, it may confirm what you are already doing and make you more confident that you are working effectively.

You may intend for your activities to benefit your practice and the service users but this may not happen because of factors out of your control. You may have undertaken activities that you thought would improve your work but are not as effective as you expected. In situations like this, you need to consider and explain what further actions you could take on your Accomplishment Statement sheet at the next renewal time. By doing this you have reflected on your practice and activities. For example, you registered and completed a course that did not turn out to be a valuable experience. Simply document this on your “Accomplishment Statement” sheet and include what additional steps you took to complete your goal.

Requirement 3: Demonstrate that your CPD benefits your service user(s). Who your servicer users are will depend on how and where you work. For many physiotherapists service users will be patients. However, if you work in education, your service users may be your students or the team of lecturers you manage. Similarly, if you work in management, your service users may be your team, or other teams you are a part of. If you work in research, your service users may be the people who use your research.  In this requirement, ‘service user’ means anyone who is affected by your work.

Tips for Goal Setting:

Write your goals down on paper and keep records of progress toward achievement of that goal.

Review goals regularly to ensure timely progress.

Share your goals with colleagues, family and friends as they can offer support and advice.

Learn from past mistakes. Identify what would have been a better choice and what will prevent similar mistakes in the future.

Identify and eliminate any potential barriers to achieving the goal successfully


Click here for Examples of Completed Learning Plan Goal Sheets.

Click here for a print version of the Learning Plan Goal Sheet (pdf).
Use this version to print and fill in the form by hand. Store it in your professional portfolio.

Click here to view the Learning Plan Goal Peer Review Form (pdf)

When you are ready to submit your learning goals, please click here 

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