Once all the SI modules have been passed, and within the 5 year period currently with University of Ulster, the SI course modules do not have to be retaken “after a period”.
What is essential is that it is the individual’s professional responsibility to keep up to date with the evidence and practice. Also, if an OT is actively using an SI approach in their practice, they should be receiving regular supervision from a more experienced SI therapist, or arranging to meet for peer supervision on a regular basis. There should be a record of this supervision taking place and a summary of the content/broad discussion topics. This should be discussed in management supervision with their managers so they are aware and support this requirement and is in line with professional requirements and for HCPC registration. For example, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists provides clear guidance on the requirements for Extended Scope Practice in their March 2013 briefing paper which includes sensory integration.
Sensory Integration Education supports a number of activities and events to provide ongoing support to therapists to enable updating of their SI knowledge. The annual conference provides a forum to update knowledge and evidence. There are regular courses and workshops, to develop the application and knowledge of SI, particularly when an international expert is in the UK/Ireland. The SI locality groups provide a local forum for the exchange of knowledge and support and a number run peer supervision alongside the meetings. The regular publications from SI Network, SensorNet and emphaSIze, provide reviews and point to the most up to date evidence and useful clinical resources. And finally, the Sensory Integration Education website is a source of information and the Forums enable questions to be posted from practice as well as from carers and families. These all provide evidence of updating knowledge if required for CPD activity.