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Update on Protection of Titles Position - #Legislation before Registration

Issues to be addressed:
  • Draft legislation to provide for the protection of the title of physical therapist in the same register as physiotherapist to be published and introduced to Oireachtas.
  • The potential inclusion in the register of current physical therapists whose qualifications are below IPTAS or equivalent level (level 7).
  • Details of Assessment of Professional Competence to be set by CORU .
  • IAPT Observer on Physiotherapists Registration Board (PRB).
  • Ongoing vacancy on PRB for a representative engaged in the education and training of persons in the practice of the physiotherapy profession.
Meetings held:
  • Meeting with ISCP legal advisors in advance of meetings with Minister and CORU (October 24th)
  • Department of Health Officials (October 25th)
  • Minister for Health and Officials (October 27th)
  • CORU CEO and Head of Registration (November 8th)
Where we are now:
  • Letter awaited from Minister for Health to confirm commitments made at meeting with Society (expected to issue by end November).
  • Response from PRB to request for ISCP observer/ educational observer awaited.
  • Publication of draft legislation in quarter one 2017 awaited.
  • Assessment of professional competence process details awaited from PRB.
Position regarding advice to members not to register:
  • This advice remains in place and will remain in place until the amending legislation has been enshrined into law and full details of the assessment of professional competence process for physiotherapists and physical therapists that apply to be registered are finalised by CORU.
  • The Board of the Society will remain vigilant and the Society continues to lobby vigorously for public protection. The Board will meet at an appropriate time to consider developments and will further update/advise members following this.

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