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Size of Appointed Group
9 individuals: 1 Board Chair and 8 members, including an additional Board member, and 2 from the Movement System Board Work Group.
* The task force may also require consultants from the Movement System Board Work Group, components and other health professions. The Task Force would like the flexibility to select these consultants at a later date.
Preferred qualifications for representation on the task force include:
- Be a physical therapist
- Be a physical therapist assistant or physical therapist assistant educator
- Experience in physical therapist practice in the patient/client management of the movement system in various practice settings; or
- Currently in professional and/or post professional education of physical therapists in the area of the movement system; or
- Published research in the practice and/or education of the movement system.
- Experience in objective and collaborative problem solving for the profession; or
- Served in a leadership position in the association at the Chapter or Section level;
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills in listening to contributions of others prior to offering personal perspectives with the goal of achieving collaborative and group oriented decisions and outcomes.
- Experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of relevant outcome measures of comprehensive plans.
The Task Force is expected to have 1 face-to-face meeting at APTA (1 scheduled in 2018) with additional conference calls as needed.
The Movement System Task Force will review the action plan approved by the Board of Directors, and champion the comprehensive plan to integrate the movement system within practice, education, research, and in association documents.
The Board of Directors’ determined charge for the Movement System Task Force is as follows. The task force will be disbanded as appropriate, by the Board of Directors (Board) when the charge has been met:
The Movement Systems Task Force will:
- Using the plan approved by the Board work to systematically integration the Movement System in practice, education, research, and advocacy. With staff input, coordinate the plan of work within the association in Professional Affairs (practice, education, research), Public Affairs (advocacy, communications), and Member Affairs.
- As a part of this plan, determine the long term measures and outcomes resulting from the implementation of this plan and how this plan will transform society, the profession, and the association.
- Identify critical benchmarks that serve as points along a continuum where initiatives would either continue as planned or would require revision/modification based on changes in health care, higher education, society, and the profession.
- Enlist the support and assistance of expert consultants, as needed, throughout the planning and championing phases to advance the plan, including members from components, Summit Participants, other health professions, etc.
- Provide reports to the Board annually and as needed.
- Track presentations (platforms, posters, conference presentations nationally and component-based) and publications that result from the implementation of the plan to assess overall impact and penetration within the profession.
- Assess how physical therapists are using Movement System examination and diagnosis within their practice, within education curriculum, and in conducting research to determine if and how this has impacted the overall profession in changing a paradigm regarding human movement system diagnosis. This will incorporate the work included to achieve RC 16-15 Adopt: Management of the Movement System: Resolved, APTA endorses the development of diagnostic labels and/or classification systems that reflect and contribute to the physical therapists’ ability to properly and effectively manage disorders of the movement system.
All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with the Association Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision, and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.
BOD Chair: Lisa K. Saladin, PT, PhD
Staff Liaison: Anita Bemis-Dougherty, PT, DPT, MAS
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In June 2013, the House of Delegates (House) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) adopted Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession (HOD P06-13-18-22): “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” In 2013, the House also adopted Guiding Principles to Achieve the Vision (HOD P06-13-19-23), which identifies 8 guiding principles: Identity, Quality, Collaboration, Value, Innovation, Consumer-centricity, Access/Equity, and Advocacy that demonstrate how the profession and society will look when this vision is achieved. The principle of Identity describes the Human Movement System as the foundation of the profession’s identity. In 2013 the Movement System Board Work Group was established to define the term “movement system” and develop the framework for integrating the concept of the movement system. The Movement System Task Force, established in November 2014, was formed to develop, refine, and champion a comprehensive plan to integrate the movement system within practice, education, and research. In 2015, the current Movement System Task Force was charged with hosting a Movement System Summit. This was accomplished in December 2016. The Action Plan and movement system diagnostic criteria developed at the Summit were approved by the Board in April 2017.