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Supervisory Framework

The following registrants are required to work under supervision according to the prevailing supervised practice guidelines:

  • All Conditionally registered therapists
  • Temporarily registered therapists who are in Singapore for the purposes of teaching, training, research or critical areas of service needs.

Therapists who are placed on conditional registration during the grace period (15 April 2013 to 14 April 2014) are required to adhere to the Supervision Requirements (Grace Period) [PDF, 72KB] These requirements will apply throughout their supervised practice period unless there is a change in employer. Changes in employer may result in prevailing supervision requirements being applied with the new employer.

With effect from 15 April 2014, registrants on Conditional or Temporary registration (where applicable) are required to work under supervision and with an employer or in an establishment which have demonstrated that the supervision systems and structures in place are compliant with the AHPC's Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) [PDF, 153KB].

Such employer/establishment must minimally have at least 2 supervisory grade staff in the relevant professions, clear policies for training and development, performance management, peer review structures in place for multi-rater reviews, and a proper systems to manage complaints and adverse feedbacks received against therapists.

Employment of therapists on Conditional registration

Readiness Review for Employers of Therapists eligible only for Conditional Registration

The readiness review evaluates whether an organisation is able to fulfil the supervised practice requirements for conditionally registered therapists as stipulated in the Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) [PDF, 153KB]. The review also helps the organisation to identify areas that need to be addressed in order for the organisation to meet the requirements.

Only organisations which have demonstrated the ability to provide supervision as stipulated in the guidelines may hire therapists who are not already practising in Singapore at the time of recruitment i.e. those only eligible for conditional registration. These include newly graduated therapists, therapists with no prior professional practice experience in Singapore and returners to practice.

To determine if your organisation has the supervisory structures to hire conditionally registered therapists, please complete the organisation self-assessment checklist (i.e. Form SF1 B) [PDF, 204KB].

Applications for a readiness review can be made using the following forms:

a)   SF1 [PDF, 317KB],
b)   SF1A [XLS, 33KB], and 
c)   SF1B [PDF, 204KB]

Change of Supervisor(s), employer or employment arrangements for therapists under Supervision

Registrants on conditional or temporary registration must notify the AHPC in writing at least 1 month and obtain AHPC’s approval for the changes before implementing any change of supervisor(s), employer or employment arrangements (e.g. change from full-time to part-time practice, rotations to other positions).

Change of Supervisor(s)

The notification of change of supervisor(s) must include the following documents:

a) The intended date for the changes to take effect; and
b) An Undertaking by Supervisor (Form SF2) [PDF, 187KB] to be completed by the new supervisor(s).

Change of Employer or Employment Arrangements

The notification must include the following documents:

a) The intended date for the changes to take effect;
b) The name and address of the new employer and/or details of the new employment arrangements; and
c)  An Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) [PDF, 153KB] to be completed by the new supervisor(s), and

Failure to do so amounts to non-compliance with the AHPC's Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) and the conditions of the conditional or temporary registration.

Please note that AHPC will not approve the changes if the new arrangements do not meet the supervised practice requirements for the therapist’s registration.

In a case where the change request is supported, a End of Supervised Practice Evaluation Report (Form SF4) and an SF4_End of Supervised Practice Evaluation Report_2016 (Final) [PDF, 194KB] of the period of supervision completed by the current supervisor(s) will be requested, and these reports are to be submitted to the AHPC within 10 working days.

If there is a change in employer or place of practice, the therapist must revert to L1 1st month supervision (refer to the Supervised Practice Guidelines (2014) [PDF, 153KB]) while on conditional or temporary registration and submit a supervisor assessment report after completing the first month L1 supervision with his new employer. The AHPC will advise on the period and level of supervision required after the review of the supervisor assessment reports.

Last updated: 11 Apr 2019 19:33