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Does A Physiotherapist Need Management Skills and Competences? Researching Required New Skills In Times of Change

Marija Ovsenik
AMEU-ECM
Slovenia

Nikolaj Lipič
AMEU-ECM
Slovenia

Introduction: Changes permeate all aspects of life and work, including the field of education. Increasingly often we discover the black spots caused by changes, meaning that the competences of graduates are no longer appropriate. A notable case is the field of physiotherapy with World Physiotherapy stressing the need for management skills. Methods: The research is based on a qualitative research approach. Data was collected in 2022 using the method of an in-depth interview with 10 influential physiotherapy experts. The data was analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The research emphasised the role of management skills, especially strategic direction, change and risk management, managing human resources, skills and innovation, problem solving and analysis, and communication using information-communication technology. The identity requirements for physiotherapists are fairness and integrity as the necessary preconditions for managing programmes and projects as well as financial management. Discussion: The results indicate that in order to establish the minimal starting competences in the physiotherapy curriculum, skills required by the changed work environment should be developed. As an independent expert making use of life-long learning, it is beyond doubt that the physiotherapist needs the skills to manage crisis situations, allowing them to be a competent leader and respond consistently to the management challenges of the time.

 

 


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