Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award

Eligibility Requirements

Individually, nominees must:

  • Be a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who has been engaged in providing clinical services for at least 5 years; and
  • been licensed or regulated if required by the jurisdiction where the individual is working.

Note: The composition of the team may include one or more physical therapists and one or more physical therapist assistants.

Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant teams must have:

  • Worked together (existed) in a clinical practice of any setting for at least 3 years;  
  • positively affected the quality of physical therapy care provided to patients/clients in their practice setting as a result of their ability to work as a team;
  • contributed to the enhancement of the overall delivery of physical therapy services in their practice setting as a result of their teamwork; and 
  • provide a formal (written) or informal (communicated) team protocol that includes team structure, method of communication, determination of assignments to patients/clients, and method of supervision related to patient/client needs.

Criteria for Selection

The PT/PTA team relationship:

  • Is characterized by trust, mutual respect, adaptability, cooperation, and an appreciation of individual and cultural differences;
  • involves direction, supervision, and effective communication;
  • has been enhanced through mentoring, continuing education, and professional development; and
  • has had an effect on the delivery of high quality physical therapy services to patients/clients within their practice setting.

What Recipient Receive

An award will be presented to each physical therapist and physical therapist assistant member of the selected PT/PTA team. The award will be presented by APTA's Board of Directors at NEXT (formerly APTA Annual Conference) and an official announcement will appear in an association publication.

Submission Requirements

During the online process, the following documents will be required for upload:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominees (both PT and PTA)
  • A letter of nomination (from the nominator) that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominated PT/PTA team in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 3 pages
  • 2 letters of support, not to exceed 2 pages each, obtained from individuals (patients, peers, colleagues, employees, etc.) upon whom the team has had an impact, which specifically address one or more of the criteria for selection
  • Description of the team's formal (written) or informal (communicated) protocol: team structure, method of communication, determination of assignments to patients/clients, method of supervision related to patient/client needs

Submit a Nomination

The call for nominations will begin September 2014. Please check back for updates.

Award Recipients

View past award recipients for this award (.pdf).

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