Portfolios in practice: Developing advancing practice within a musculoskeletal competency-based model
JournalMusculoskeletal science & practice
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INTRODUCTION: The development of professional portfolios and the relevance of this within professional practice, competency and capability is gaining significant credibility in line with professional requirements. Nursing and medicine in terms of historical perspectives have long held the need for clinicians to maintain a portfolio for professional validation, whilst in other professional groups it is a requirement of registration. The allied health professionals, physiotherapy and ultimately musculoskeletal practice within this context are rapidly developing advancing and consultant practice. This professional development further requires appropriate verification and validation of practice, and achieving this can be through formal and non-formal routes. PURPOSE: This paper looks to explore this and give direction to professionals developing portfolios whilst placing the requirements in context to contemporary practice in the U.K. Universities, professional bodies and special interest groups are now aligning in the need to support practice in a multi-format way, that moves away from traditional methods of evaluation into more diverse models of competency-based assessment. IMPLICATIONS: With improvement in technology, the development of national frameworks and standards, portfolios in practice although commonly considered as standard practice will be a requirement not only of registration but as a criteria of maintaining status, career development and expansion of roles. BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy in the U.K. has moved forward significantly in the last 20 years. Sitting within a clinical reasoned framework, the introduction of additional skills such is image requesting, injection therapies, and non-medical prescribing has further underpinned the advanced practice agenda (Langridge et al., 2015). While these advancements in practice are driving the profession forward, challenges remain in providing the workforce with a clear process of career development. Alongside developing professional pathways methods of evidencing advanced knowledge and skills acquired outside formal routes are required to support practitioners' career pathway into advancing practice.