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Request for Funding of Clinical Supervision Support Education Activity - 2013


2013 Request for Funding for Clinical Supervision Support Education Activity

Development of Framework and Resources

Aged and Community Services Tasmania

The objective of the ACST project is to develop a framework, and associated resources, to support quality Clinical Placements/Work Placements from Certificate II through to Degree level in the Aged Care Services Sector. The provision of quality work/clinical placement experiences in the Aged Care Services Sector is a key element in attracting people into, and retaining them in, our workforce.

The key outcomes/outputs of the project will be to:

  • Develop and document a framework/process for VET work placements in the Aged Care Services Sector
  • Develop and document a framework/process for Higher Education Placements in the Aged Care Services Sector
  • Review and reprint the ‘Best Practice Guide to Vocational Placements in the Aged Care Services Sector’
  • Using the framework of the ‘Best Practice Guide to Vocational Placements in the Aged Care Services Sector
  • Develop ‘Best Practice Guide to Higher Education Placements in the Aged Care Services Sector’
  • Set up an Alfresco Collaboration Site that can be used by RTOs, Higher Education Providers and Industry to share and easily access relevant information. Our Sector currently uses Alfresco to support our Graduate Nurse
  • Transition to Practice Program and Foundation Skills Program
  • identify an ‘E-Solution’ to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of scheduling work/clinical placements in the Aged Care Services Sector

Research the ‘real costs’ to Industry of providing both VET and Higher Education work/clinical placements and make recommendations around appropriate ‘funding models’

Development of Clinical Supervision Resources and Framework

School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Tasmania

To progress the development of a suite of clinical resources for supervisors working within the agencies that comprise the TCEN. It will produce an online directory of resources for TCEN members, some resources and contribute to the development of a framework for supervision training across the agencies and sectors of the TCEN.

The project team will also identify gaps in supervision training and establish resources and/or propose processes/options to fill those gaps.  This may involve the repurposing of materials, development of new materials or provision of access to external materials.

Ultimately, the project contributes to the development of a framework for supervision training and formal qualifications consistent with AWF and HWA competencies that is accessible across the different sectors and agencies within the TCEN.

Development of a Clinical Supervision Framework

Tasmania Aboriginal Health Centre
- Aboriginal Health Service

Development of a framework to allow for increased capacity and effectiveness of clinical supervision of students and trainees undertaking work placements at the Aboriginal Health Service (AHS).

The framework will cover all aspects of clinical placement including the development of:

  • Information on clinical placements for prospective students, including information on the AHS,
  • A portal to access such information
  • A process of orientation to Aboriginal culture and the AHS
  • Increase capacity of clinical supervisors
  • Efficiencies to allow for increased capacity of the AHS to take clinical placements
  • Policy and procedures that comply with quality frameworks.

The key outcome will be an increase in capacity for clinical supervision within the AHS. This will result in more students undertaking work placements in an Aboriginal Health Environment and better health outcomes for Aborigines through improved responsiveness of health professionals in mainstream services.

Aged and Community Professional Development

Health Services South
– Tasmanian Polytechnic

This project will enable supervisors to be well informed in methods for supporting and mentoring student Enrolled Nurses. The focus for the project is the aged care and primary care settings which, by comparison with their hospital counterparts, have less infrastructure to support students.

This project will enable a Preceptor Educator to work with the diverse aged care and primary health agencies/organisations to support staff and enhance the mutual benefits of student placements.

  • establish a comprehensive data base of each agency; their supervisory staff and staff professional development opportunities, mapping learning opportunities against learning objectives;
  • conduct PD workshops on the Scope of Practice for EN students, allow for discussion of the learning opportunities at individual agencies and their alignment to student learning objectives. An example: in Tas Ambulance the learning opportunities are significantly different from those available in palliative care unit (Whittle Ward)
  • conduct PD on supporting students and providing feedback against ANMC competencies and third party feedback as one means of providing sufficient authentic, current and valid evidence.

develop EN Placement Partner Protocols as a resource for all aged care and primary care settings. These protocols will be informed by the discussions and PD sessions

Community of Practice

Tasmanian Health Organisation, South
Allied Health Professional Services

To improve learning and support for Allied Health Professional clinical supervisors situated within the Tasmanian Health Organisation – South, through the establishment of an AHP Community of Practice, and conducting three workshops (action learning, journal appraisal and reflective practice)

The AHP Community of Practice would enable:

  • supervisors to meet and share information, skills, knowledge, insight, experiences and resources.
  • supervisors to learn in a variety of ways, supplementing competencies developed through longer workshops and online education.
  • supervisors from each AHP discipline to nurture new knowledge and best practice, and stimulate innovation.
  • an action learning and reflective practice model that could be used by other AHP services, nurses and doctors across Tasmania.
  • social networks to develop to help prevent -burnout- and make the role of clinical supervisor more sustainable

act as a trial group for materials and TCEN strategies

Teaching on the Run

Tasmanian Health Organisation, South
Allied Health Professional Services

Conduct and evaluate the ‘Teaching on the Run’ Program concepts and resources to ultimately upgrade the competencies of Allied Health Professional clinical placement supervisors in the Tasmanian Health Organisation– South.

Three facilitators, previously trained, will deliver 6 x 2 hour foundation workshops (over two days) for a group of 16 AHPs.

Project outcomes include:

  • Increased competencies of the AHPs who attend the Program
  • Consolidation of competencies of the facilitators, through their preparation, delivery and evaluation of the Program

Increased knowledge regarding the suitability of the Program concept and resources for AHPs in the THO-South to inform other TCEN activities.

Workshop Clinical Reasoning

Australian Nursing Federation
Health Education and Research Centre

This project targets clinical supervisors, preceptors and mentors across health and education sectors, particularly those working in rural remote, aged care and mental health contexts.

This project will be delivered as a full day workshop targeting the development of clinical reasoning as a skill to be learnt and taught rather than a concept to be understood.  This workshop will both challenge and engage clinical educators in the teaching of clinical reasoning as it encourages personal reflection and refinement of the clinician’s own clinical reasoning skills to improve client care.

The workshop content will also focus on the ability to clinical educators to recognise students at risk of cognitive failure and ways to remediate incomplete competence but also to recognise emerging clinical reasoning in students.

The key outcomes will be a pool of educationally prepared clinical educators with increased supervision skills to meet the increasing complexity and demands of the clinical facilitation process able to teach these skills others.

Supervisor Assessment of Practice

School of Human Life Science / UniSA Division of Health Sciences
- University of Tasmania / University of South Australia

This project will expand the quality and capacity for clinical placements for physiotherapy services across Tasmania by upskilling twenty physiotherapists to deliver high quality training and mentoring for supervisors using the Assessment of Physiotherapy Practice (APP).

Twenty physiotherapists will be recruited from all regions and sectors of the workforce across Tasmania, to participate in the training program. An EOI process will be used to ensure clarity of expectations for trainers and organisational support.

Using a collaborative peer supported model, several integrated training resources will be developed and used:

  • Online learning modules
  • Supervision workshops with Dr Megan Dalton
  • Supported mentoring (email, phone, videoconference or face to face)
  • Peer review and support processes

Participants will be required to conduct a training session within their own workplace following their participation in a supervision workshop. A range of support and mentoring options will enable participants to refine their knowledge, competence and skills as trainers.

Review of Supervisor Support

Department of Health and Human Services
Practice Development Unit, Nursing and Midwifery

Review of Supervisor Support

Analysis of five years of longitudinal data of Quality Clinical Placement Evaluations (QCPE) (approx 2,000 survey responses) will be shared with industry partners, informing further interventions aimed at continued evaluation and support for educational development of clinical supervisors. Translation of findings to support the development of clinical supervision in all healthcare disciplines will ensure sustained quality learning and teaching outcomes. Collaborative action planning for embedding change statewide (including public, private, rural and remote placements) will occur with ongoing use of the QCPE tool as an evaluation framework.

QCPE is an established evaluation framework and includes 5 years of data from surveying approximately 2,000 nursing students and supervising staff on the quality of placements. Data (qualitative and quantitative) provide baseline information of clinical supervision in nursing, including attitudes, confidence, competence and education of supervisors. The proposed project expands the existing activity.

Detailed analysis of data will enable further understanding of gaps and barriers in clinical supervision and identify areas to develop increased supervision skill levels. Information will be used to: inform local sites; develop generic and tailored education programs for clinical supervision; further expand and make accessible the electronic resources available for clinicians. This data will significantly contribute to the body of knowledge relating to workforce planning, supervision support and quality of student placement activity.

Collaborative action planning with stakeholders from all sectors across Tasmania will be undertaken in symposia. These forums will disseminate findings from analysis to key stakeholder groups who will identify actions for embedding change. The participatory and translational aspect of the study will help to ensure its sustainability.

Key outcomes will be:

  • in depth understanding of quality clinical placement from student and clinician perspectives;
  • applicability to other health disciplines;
  • transferability across sectors and across the state;

inform development of education programs and resources based on identified gaps, enablers and barriers

Supervision Program for Medical Registrars

Rural Clinical School
University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania, Rural Clinical School will manage and deliver a new project to train a trainer in clinical supervision (to ensure future sustainability), and deliver a series of training sessions for clinical supervisors working mostly in medical undergraduate education and in nursing and pharmacy undergraduate education.

The key outcome of the program is to address competency levels of supervisors through delivery, in part, of the CPMEC accredited Professional Development Program for Registrars (PDPR) with a highlighted focus on Section 2: Supervision. This training program is recognised in the HWA Clinical Supervision Support Program Directions Paper April 2011 and aligns with the recently released HWA Generic Supervisor Competencies detailed in the HWA National Clinical Supervision Competency Resource Validation Edition - May 2013.

Content will be tailored to address local issues pertinent to training in a rural environment such as high levels of locum staff and the importance of training health students to work effectively as members of multi-disciplinary teams. Supervisors will be involved in the development of supervisory tools and resources.

Polytechnic – Easy Access

Tasmanian Polytechnic, North West

This project aims to provide an on-line resource to all clinicians who supervise Polytechnic students in Enrolled Nursing (Diploma, Advanced Diploma & Bridging), Allied Health Assistance and Aged Care Certificate III. The strength of the on-line resource is that clinicians can access it at a time that suits them and can make reference to it before and during actual student placements, rather than attending a time specific workshop, where the relevance of the content may be limited if student placements are not imminent.

Online Adaption of Mental Health Service Staff Clinical Supervision Training Program

Statewide and Mental Health Services, DHHS

The project builds on an existing inter-professional supervision training program. A review of this program will be undertaken and adapted for online delivery and trial during 2013.  The existing program supports the development of generic competencies for clinical supervisors as highlighted in HWA’s 2012 draft national Clinical Supervision Competency Framework.  It provides complementary supervisor/supervisee workshops, at an introductory level, relevant across professional groups and various supervisory relationships.

Key outcomes of this project include a greater number of staff accessing supervision training, particularly those in inpatient and remote work settings, increased supervision capacity, and increased supervisor confidence and competence.


Expression of Interest Process

The Tasmanian Clinical Supervision Support Project (TCSSP)  invited proposals to fund clinical supervision support activities within Tasmania. TCSSP is part of the Health Workforce Australia’s Clinical Supervision Support Program and is one of the primary components of the Tasmanian Clinical Education Network.

The TCSSP Request for Funding must have a direct correlation to the TCEN Work Plan, the key strategy for supervision support, and a focus on meeting the needs of health professionals working across all health sectors in Tasmania. The TCEN supervision priority is:

Increase supervision skill levels for clinical supervisors and identify any potential skills/ resource gaps with a focus on:

  • Baseline information in relation to clinical supervisors and their education and support. Include mapping clinical supervisory activity showing gaps and barriers; and educational opportunities for clinical supervisors.
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of educational opportunities for supervisors with targeted groups.
  • Electronic platforms to access material that supports clinical supervision by improving information systems for clinical supervisors.
  • Ensuring students from all educational sectors are offered clinical supervision that meets quality standards of patient care within the hospital and community setting.

Funding was available for a limited number of projects up to $80,000. Additionally, a reserved amount was  made available for modest projects for up to $10,000.

Funding must be expended by 1 October 2013 and final project report submitted by 1 November 2013.

Guidelines were developed to assist applicants with their submissions. As part of the submission, applicants were required to indicate how their project aligns to the TCEN Work Plan.

The TCEN Governance Committee reviewed all incoming applications in consideration of their ability to meet the key strategic priority areas as outlined in the TCEN Work Plan.


An overview of Successful Expression of Interest submissions can be viewed at: Overview table - Successful CSSP EOI Submissions