Exploring clinical educator and student perspectives on the implementation of the Calderdale Framework as a model of occupational therapy clinical education in Australia: a pilot study

Furness, Linda J., Tynan, Anna, and Pighills, Alison C. (2018) Exploring clinical educator and student perspectives on the implementation of the Calderdale Framework as a model of occupational therapy clinical education in Australia: a pilot study. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 16 (3). 10.

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper describes the exploration of clinical educator and student perspectives on the implementation of the Calderdale Framework (CF) as a model for pre-entry occupational therapy clinical placement.

Setting: The study was undertaken within a regional health service in Queensland, Australia. The orthopaedic inpatient ward at the regional hospital and mixed inpatient and outpatient community based caseloads in rural hospitals were the focus of this study.

Methods: The Calderdale Framework is a seven stage process which involves: engaging staff with the framework; identifying which clinical tasks are carried out within the service; analysing which tasks can be allocated to students; setting up supervision systems; developing Clinical Task Instructions (CTIs); providing competency training and assessment; and developing organisational systems to sustain the new ways of working. In the first week of placement, students were 'taught' background and theoretical information for nine Clinical Task Instructions. In the remainder of their placement they achieved competence in these tasks and implemented clinical interventions with patients.

Results: Separate focus groups and in-depth interviews were used to explore clinical educator and student opinions about their experience of the application of the Calderdale Framework in clinical education. Five themes emerged from the data analysis: experience of new model; adjustment to change in approach to the placement model; impact of the Calderdale Framework Clinical Task Instructions; impact of the Calderdale Framework learning model on student confidence and impact of the Calderdale Framework placement model on service delivery.

Conclusion: In this pilot study, the application of the Calderdale Framework in clinical education was supported by both clinical educators and students as a model that supported student learning and safe contribution to patient service delivery. The time invested in planning, resource development and implementing this application of the Calderdale Framework in clinical education has resulted in a model which can continue to be implemented within our health service and could be applied to other professions or replicated elsewhere.

Item ID: 56708
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-580X
Keywords: allied health; occupational therapy; clinical education; Calderdale Framework
Copyright Information: © The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 2018
Funders: Allied Health Professionals' Office of Queensland, Queensland Department of Health (QDH), Toowoomba Hospital Foundation (THF)
Projects and Grants: QDH Health Practitioner Research Scheme 2015-2017, THF Research Scholarship
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2019 06:37
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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