Academic journal article Journal of Allied Health

Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals

Academic journal article Journal of Allied Health

Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals

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To THE EDITOR-I am not in the habit of emailing authors after I read an article, but I was thrilled with the recent article on "Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals" by Sarita Verma, Margo Paterson, and Jennifer Medves in the recent Journal of Allied Health.1 I wanted to let them know that their paper was well received.

I am an occupational therapist and recently started in a new position a year and a half ago as an educator for our therapy/allied health staff. We are a specialized continuing care organization in Alberta, Canada, with a variety of sites that offer subacute, long-term care and specialized assessment and treatment programs for adults young and old. I sit on a team of approximately 14 other educators, all of whom are from nursing backgrounds. Our team's focus is to support the learning needs of our staff, therefore enabling quality care and service. Previously, I worked in an Ontario outpatient children's treatment centre, where the team was primarily rehab professionals, a few pediatricians, and psychologists, with very little interaction with nurses.

Since starting this role in Alberta, I have found that the health disciplines definitely tend to operate as a "series of independent silos" and that continuing education tends to focus mostly on client care skills. Teaching skills like collaboration, coordination, etc. tended to fall to the backburner in the monthly orientation and were not as formally acknowledged. …

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