The Professional Advancement and Recognition model is in place to support professional development and recognition for occupational therapists and physical therapists.
The guiding philosophies of the Professional Advancement and Recognition model are to:
- Develop and reward advanced levels of practice.
- Utilize self reflection as an important component of professional development. Individuals have the best opportunity to grow professionally by intentionally reflecting on their experience.
- Assess staff on their practice as objectively as possible in order to minimize subjectivity and bias.
- Make decisions equitably across teams and disciplines.
- Emphasize transparency so that people understand how and why decisions are made.
- Encourage sound evidence based practice to maximize outcomes.
- Incorporate components that impact practice that extend beyond clinical knowledge and skills (i.e. interpersonal abilities, communication, etc.).
- Create an expectation for all staff to maintain or advance levels of practice.
- Align recommendations with UW Health's mission, vision, and strategic plan.
- Align with American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) practice guidelines.
The Professional Advancement and Recognition model is a tiered structure that creates three different levels at which occupational therapists and physical therapists practice. The job titles are: Clinician, Advanced Clinician and Expert Clinician. Given that these positions are titled separately, each position has its own position description (PD) and performance expectations.
All staff is expected to meet the expectations at the Clinician level, but not all staff is expected to advance beyond the Clinician level. Individuals are working in the Clinician title should be fully competent to meet the demands of working at UW Health as an occupational therapist or physical therapist. Advancement beyond the Clinician level is voluntary.
A significant component of the Professional Advancement and Recognition model is the Practice Model Continuum (PMC), which provides a structured framework in which to assess practice across all three practice levels. The PMC contains five major themes, which are: Performance Skills, Professional Behaviors, Interpersonal Abilities, Clinical Decision Making and Administration/Education/Outreach/Research Activities. Each theme has several sub-themes or topic areas. Each of the three (3) different levels of practice defines the elements of practice that are expected from staff and valued by the organization.
This program defines three levels of practice: Clinician; Advanced Clinician and Expert Clinician.