ISPO evaluators are responsible for assessing a P&O training facility against the relevant ISPO education standards, and making recommendations as to how well the standard is met. Key responsibilities include:
- revision of the various application documents submitted by the training institution in communication with the co-evaluator and eventually the Education Committee;
- elaboration of the evaluation schedule.
Evaluation visit at the school
- inspection of the facility and its activities;
- interview with faculty, staff and other relevant people;
- further consideration of relevant documentation.
- preparation of a detailed evaluation report including recommendations;
- provision of additional information to the Education Committee upon request.
BECOME AN EVALUATOR
To perform these tasks, an evaluator must have detailed knowledge of P&O education and of the ISPO educational standards and procedures.
In order to strengthen and widen its pool of evaluators, the ISPO Education Committee arranges ad hoc evaluator trainings.
Places for evaluator trainings are limited and candidates will therefore be selected by the Education Committee, based on the need for a balanced pool of evaluators and on the characteristics of the candidates.
The following selection criteria will be applied to candidates with the aim of ensuring a high-quality process of ISPO evaluations:
- Minimum of 5 years post qualification prosthetic/orthotic clinical and/or clinical educator experience.
- Involved in education with recent knowledge of modern educational theories.
- Experience of competence assessment of student or graduate prosthetists/orthotists (Category I) and/or orthopaedic technologists (Category II)
- Evaluators should be members of ISPO.