The Government had distributed the management of risk posed by occupational therapists to financially self-managing regulatory boards such as the OTBNZ (Occupational Therapy Amendment Act, 1999).
Through the occupational therapy Codes of Ethics, competency documents and the annual process of ongoing competence assessment, the OTBNZ established ways of managing risk to the population--risk to the public from occupational therapists, risk to employers of occupational therapists and risks associated for the Government through its provision of healthcare.
These complimentary documents cement the occupational therapy specific professional norms of ethical practice, as they are read together and refer to one another, providing a combined framework used by professional and managerial supervisors, the OTBNZ and the occupational therapy schools to guide the assessment of the competence of occupational therapists.
The OTBNZ should set entry level standards for the education of occupational therapists in New Zealand, which include the clear delineation of the entry level competences required of a new graduate.
This research required access to the OTBNZ minutes which was granted by the Chief Executive Officer.
It required the OTBNZ to monitor the ongoing competence of occupational therapists, which resulted in the introduction of a Continuing Competence Framework for Re-certification (CCFR) process that created a direct link to legal regulation.
Whilst they could read the information on the OTBNZ website some were unable to understand the information enough to be able to work through the process themselves.
Participants were more easily able to identify how experiences and activities undertaken during their break could be linked to OTBNZ competences and the Competence Assessment Application (CAA), they felt a stronger link to current practice and used their career break experiences to assist in gaining employment and to support their practice.
Keeping a record of activities undertaken whilst on a career break could be linked to the OTBNZ competencies (e.g.
Although the OTBNZ
(2004) has incorporated these competencies as a requirement for practice, strategies need to be in place to ensure they are being implemented and EBP skills extended.
In the early to mid 2000s, supervision was 'claimed', first by NZAOT and then the OTBNZ. Both professional bodies defined supervision, but each had its own agenda and thus emphasis.
Consistent with the emphasis on monitoring and checking, the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand's Code of Ethics (OTBNZ, 2004a) defined professional supervision as "a structured intentional relationship within which a practitioner reflects critically on his/her work, and receives feedback and guidance from a supervisor, in order to deliver the best possible service to consumers" (p.