Top Tips for Annual CPIP Competency Review

Reviewing and up-dating the CPIP competency is important and necessary to ensure a high standard of consistent, accurate data collection as well as highlight any issues/problems that have arisen over the previous 12 months.

  • Allow adequate time – 2 hrs are recommended 
  • Suggest to staff to have questions/issues sent in ahead to allow facilitator to prepare/find answers 
  • Remember that the CPIP competency is NOT just about using the goniometer.  Clinical reasoning applied to the measures is equally, if not more, important.  Use the competency document and work through it.
  • Review the glossary terms to ensure consistency with definitions.
  • Use a format that works for your area / that your department is familiar with.
  • Some areas like case studies, others prefer presentations, others like a practical element.
  • A combination is likely to meet/support everyone’s learning needs and cover what is needed.
  • Feedback from regional and national meetings can also be incorporated to the annual update.

 For measurement reliability –

  • This should be done with a volunteer – not child/patient
  • Will need 4 people minimum - 1 to model, 1 to hold, 2 measurers to be assessed.
  • Take 3 measures done 3 times to compare.

Please find suggestions from regions in Scotland that carry out annual competency reviews/updates

  • We use the competency document and have completed it as part of our CPD training the last 2 years.  We have had some questions and answers first and then split into groups, completing the practical measuring on each other.
  • We have informal CPIPS information sharing/updates meetings 2x/yr.  At one of these sessions we do competencies using the competency document.
  • We also include a session looking at the quality of post Ax reports.  Using case scenarios to discuss in small groups and think about outcomes following Ax has been suggested.
  • We look at what is going well and what we could/need to do differently.  We then look at any areas of common concern there are with measures and go through the video to clarify any questions.  We then break into small groups to practice measures.  We have learned that this time needs to be well managed to avoid people chatting/getting distracted.  We do the measuring competencies in smaller groups as people more comfortable with this.
  • We do a biannual update of competency on one of our in-service days using the competency document.  I then write up all the learning points from the session and a follow up plan if needed

Katie Kinch - CPIP-UK National Network Scotland Representative