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Physiotherapy Training Audit

Broken Hill Base Hospital
Project Added:
12 October 2015
Last updated:
26 October 2015

Physiotherapy Training Audit

Summary

This project identifies gaps between the skills that new graduate and Level 1 physiotherapists have gained via study and the skills required to work within the physiotherapy department of Broken Hill Health Service. This gap analysis will allow individual professional development pathways to be developed for physiotherapists, to maintain a high quality of service within the physiotherapy department.

Aim

To ensure 80% of all new graduate and Level 1 staff in the physiotherapy department have their mandatory and core interdisciplinary competencies mapped by July 2015.

Benefits

  • Minimises corporate risk by having up to date and accurate employee training records.
  • Helps assess the need for professional development.
  • Improves client, patient and staff satisfaction, as required skills will be identified to help the physiotherapist deliver a high-quality service.
  • Offers potential to roll out the initiative in other departments, particularly those within the allied health sector.

Project status

Dates 

  • Start: August 2014
  • Finish: January 2015

Status

Pre-implementation - Planning for the initiative is well underway. Clinician and consumer consultation has occurred.

Background

There is a high turnover of employees throughout most departments in Broken Hill Health Service. Many staff have obtained their base degrees through a variety of institutions and are employed with a wide range of experience. Records of professional development and achievement of competencies within the physiotherapy department was seen as virtually non-existent.

Implementation 

  • Staff files within the physiotherapy department were audited to ascertain the current recording processes for mandatory and core interdisciplinary competencies.
  • Consultations with staff and clients of Broken Hill Health Service formalised the expected skills of a new graduate working in the physiotherapy department.
  • Supervision and professional development time slots were allocated to the physiotherapy department timetable for 2015, to help physiotherapists achieve specific competencies and ensure mandatory online training is completed.
  • The next phase is to develop competency resources to assist the professional development of physiotherapists at Broken Hill Health Service.

Implementation site 

Physiotherapy department, Broken Hill Health Service, Far West Local Health District.

Partnership

Clinical Excellence Commission, Executive Clinical Leadership Program.

Evaluation

The initiative will be evaluated through an audit of physiotherapy department employee files in July 2015, to determine if mandatory and core interdisciplinary competencies have been mapped.

Lessons learnt 

Staff changes within the physiotherapy department and Broken Hill Health Service has had an impact on the progress of the project. Most problems faced have been multi-layered, so the starting point to the solutions can seem some distance away from the perceived starting point and problem.

Further reading

  • NSW Health Education and Training Institute. The Learning Guide: A handbook for allied health professionals facilitating learning in the workplace, 1st Edition. Sydney; 2012.
  • NSW Health Education and Training Institute. The Superguide: A handbook for supervising allied health professionals, 2nd Edition. Sydney; 2012.
  • NSW Health Education and Training Institute. The Governance Guide: A best practice governance framework for allied health education and training, 2nd Edition. Sydney; 2014.
  • NSW Ministry of Health. NSW Rural Health Plan Toward 2021. Health System Planning and Investment; 2014.
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Quality Framework for the Accreditation Function. Paper presented at Forum of Australian Health Professions Councils; July 2013. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Code of Conduct. Australian Physiotherapy Association; 2008. Accessed 14 August 2014.
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association. Standards for Physiotherapy Practices: 8th Edition. Australian Physiotherapy Association; 2011. Accessed 14 August 2014.
  • Clinical Education and Training Institute. Allied Health Directorate: Allied Health Educators Consultation Forum Summary Report. NSW Clinical Education and Training Institute; 2011. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  • Clinical Education and Training Institute. Allied Health Clinical Education and Training Future Directions Consultation Report. NSW Clinical Education and Training Institute; 2011. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  • Marty S, Robertson C. Overview of prescribing competencies and the Health Practitioner Prescribing Pathway Project. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; 2014. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  • Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health. Position Paper: Principles of Recruitment and Retention of Allied Health Professionals to Remote Australian Communities. Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health; 2009. Accessed 5 May 2014.
  • The International Society for Quality in Health Care. ISQua Checklist for Development of New Healthcare Accreditation Programs: Guidance for governments, agencies and other groups. The International Society for Quality in Health Care; 2006. Accessed 5 May 2014.

Contacts

Christopher Jones
Senior Radiographer
Broken Hill Health Service
Far West Local Health District
Phone: 08 8080 1377
Christopher.Jones2@health.nsw.gov.au

Nerissa Morley-Coulls
Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
Broken Hill Health Service
Far West Local Health District
Phone: 08 8080 1405
nerissa.morleycoulls@health.nsw.gov.au 

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