Business, Finance, Records
New Zealand requires all therapists to take a unit in this subject. Details of what is relevant in a New Zealand practice are different from other countries, which is why we do not have our own internal courseware for the unit.
There are two ways to qualify for RPL.
- The student completes a BFR-equivalent course in their own country, containing material similar to that listed below. Their college applies to ICPKP for RPL for the unit in the usual way.
- Alternatively, they may be eligible for RPL based on current/previous experience. This is also known as Recognition for Current Competance (RCC).
- To qualify, the student must be able to prove they have held the position of Office Manager (or eqivalent) for at least two years with responsibilities including payroll, accounts payable/receivable, banking, invoicing, etc.
- If currently self employed or a business owner, the student should be meeting the requirements below and/or have some recognised business training (with a Certificate) and should provide their college with evidence they they know the current regulations for their country/state/city.
This is the standard that NZQA require and we think this will help Faculty when choosing a course for your people, in your country:
Elements and Performance Criteria
Plan and establish a professional clinical practice.
- 1.1 Budget matches estimated costs for setting up a clinical practice.
- 1.2 Premises and facilities meet clinical practice requirements and statutory obligations.
Range: furnishings, fittings, equipment, telecommunications system, cleaning and laundry services, professional stationery, first aid equipment.
- 1.3 Staffing resources meet clinical practice requirements.
- 1.4 Business plan is prepared in accordance with clinical practice requirements.
Maintain clinical practice operating procedures.
- 2.1 Business and client record keeping systems are maintained in accordance with recognised professional standards.
- 2.2 Compliance with local body and national occupational health and safety requirements establishes safe clinical practice.
Liaise with other health professionals.
- 3.1 Prompt actioning of information requests from other health professionals concerning client health status establishes effective liaison.
- 3.2 Client consent is established in accordance with current legislative requirements.
- 3.3 Up to date listing of other health professionals and suppliers is maintained in terms of information and referral relevant to practice.