CPC Position Statement
Supervision of PAC Members Working towards Certification (i.e. Pedorthic Interns) and Other Non-Certified Personnel
This page outlines the supervisory relationship and responsibility of C. Ped (C)s and C. Ped MCs overseeing Pedorthic Interns and other non-certified pedorthic personnel who interact with patients.
Elsewhere, the CPC has defined the scope of practice for Certified Pedorthic Technician [C. Ped Tech (C)], Certified Pedorthist (Canada) [C. Ped (C)], and Certified Pedorthist Master Craftsman [C. Ped MC]. The practices of these individuals are governed by the College of Pedorthics.
The CPC supports the training of Pedorthic Interns seeking certification as C. Ped (C). The CPC also acknowledges the need to supervise and interact with other “non-certified pedorthic personnel” in the delivery of pedorthic services to enhance the effectiveness of fabrication, modification and overall pedorthic treatment.
“Non-certified pedorthic personnel” may include: Pedorthic Interns, Technical Apprentices, C. Ped Tech (C)s, office assistants or any individual that is providing services related to pedorthics on behalf or as a result of working with a C. Ped (C) or C. Ped MC.
Pedorthic Interns working towards C. Ped (C) certification have a requirement to fulfill work experience hours supervised by a C. Ped (C) or C. Ped MC (a “supervisor”). Appropriate supervision is crucial to ensure the quality of client services. The supervisor of the Pedorthic Intern must provide supervision that meets these criteria:
- A supervisor may only supervise up to 2 interns at a given time irrespective of whether the intern is working full-time hours or not.
- A supervisor may only co-sign clinical paperwork for an intern for a limited time of 36 months (consistent with PAC membership).
- The supervisor must be onsite (in the same building) as the intern for a minimum of 55% of hours worked.
- A supervisor must review, discuss and confirm the appropriateness of work performed by the intern, this work includes:
- Recommended treatment plan
- Analyses of the presenting problem
- Design of the device or modification
- The supervisor must co-sign all written documentation by the intern including both in clinic chart notes and any external correspondence to referring parties or agencies.
C. Ped (C)’s and C. Ped MC’s are ultimately responsible for all work completed by non-certified pedorthic personnel. In the event of a complaint or clinical problem identified with non-certified pedorthic personnel, the College will investigate the supervising certified member as they are identified as having ultimate responsibility for the quality of service.