Evaluation of a peer group model of supervision for the allied health workforce in Queensland: a descriptive overview

Pager, Susan C., Kuipers, Pim, Bell, Karen, and Hall, Fiona (2018) Evaluation of a peer group model of supervision for the allied health workforce in Queensland: a descriptive overview. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 16 (2).

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Purpose: An evaluation of a large-scale implementation of a peer-group model of professional supervision was conducted to demonstrate service planning and guide policy and practice. A descriptive overview of the findings is presented.

Method: Allied health staff trained in peer-group supervision were surveyed about the experience of the model, its challenges, and benefits. Interviews were also conducted with senior managers.

Results: Analysis of 248 responses indicated that 72% of trained staff had participated in peer-group supervision and that these peer groups had continued for an average of 17.2 months. The majority of groups adhered to the guidelines presented at training and found the model easy to implement and adaptable to a range of professions, settings, and needs. Reported benefits included skill development as well as increased support and confidence. Improved relationships and team culture were also described. Management support and attendance at training were considered important to successful implementation.

Conclusions: The evaluation demonstrated that a model of peer-group supervision can be successfully implemented with a diverse and geographically dispersed allied health workforce. This model was used for professional supervision needs to be met in a group setting without the requirement for an expert supervisor. A number of benefits for individual clinicians and their teams were identified and the need for further evaluation in the context of widespread health reform was noted.

Item ID: 74161
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1540-580X
Copyright Information: © The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 2018.
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 01:11
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390305 Professional education and training @ 55%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420199 Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified @ 45%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 55%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 45%
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