How well are your clinical skills working for you?
Find out with this quick and simple scorecard.
The only real way to know if you need help with your clinical skills is to score yourself as objectively as possible in each of the areas as a health professional service provider as outlined below.
This Clinical ScoreCard is designed to help you understand exactly where you are with your clinical skills. What's working, what's not working and where do you need to pay the most attention to improve your client management.
Like a numerical pain rating scale, score yourself from 0 to 10 for each statement below. Just put your score in the fields provided and the subtotals and total will fill in automatically. Score yourself based on the frequency you implement each of the items listed in the scorecard.
0 - Never
2 - Sporadically
4 - Inconsistently
6 - Occasionally
8 - Consistently
10 - Always
A note about this scorecard. The areas on the scorecard are all action-oriented items.They are areas you need to know, do and have, to be a good clinician. The trick is recognising what areas to improve on and then how to get there.
|Professional Behaviour & Standard ||Score |
|I understand, explain and record the client’s rights and their consent ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I demonstrate commitment to learning through regular review of textbooks, attendance of courses and in-clinic professional development ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I am confident to conduct an assessment & treatment in front of peers ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|Applied Anatomy Skills |
|I know how to assess strength and endurance in the cervical spine flexors and extensors ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know how to position the client and the correct needle insertion angle and depth for upper trapezius ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know the peripheral nerve distributions in the shin and foot ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know 5 clinical tests to indicate involvement of SIJ pathology ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know 5 muscles which have trigger points referring into C6 dermatome ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know 4 muscles that elevate the mandible ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|Red & Yellow Flags |
|I know what 3 key factors that indicate red flag pathology ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know when yellow flags become more important and what questionnaires to use for their assessment ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|Pain & Chronicity |
|I can describe the 4 cardinal findings of acute trauma ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I know the clinical descriptors and 2 questionnaires to assess neuropathic pain ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I can describe the four main types of pain ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|Client Management |
|I am confident interpreting my assessment findings ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I am confident in selecting interventions & progressing appropriately ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I am able to identify and prioritise client’s problems ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|Evidence-based Practice |
|I search, review or download articles from Cochrane, PEDro or other online journals ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|I apply evidence-based practice when available in all client care decisions ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
|Risk Management |
|I understand the ethical, legal & safety issues associated with dry needling ||0-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 |
Total your score and divide by 2 for your Final Score. Your score indicates how successful you are overall at managing a range of acute, subacute and chronic clients, that present with a variety of clinical conditions.
0 to 20 - You are struggling to manage clients and feel overwhelmed with case management
21 to 40 - Your successes with clients are hit and miss
41 to 60 - It is a struggle to predict client outcomes from your management strategies
61 to 80 - You have good clinical skills over a range of body areas, time frames and chronicity
81 to 100 – You enjoy your work, professional development and teaching
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