Project

Promoting and enabling reflection on practice (clinical supervision)

Study 1 – Identifying the enablers and barriers to the implementation of reflective clinical supervision for employed midwives

Reflective clinical supervision provides a framework to enhance midwifery practice and facilitate professional development.

This program of work has been designed to identify what organisational structures and processes are needed to enable midwives, who have completed an educational program for clinical supervision, to put this into practice.

Lead: Associate Professor Mary Sidebotham

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Study 2 –  Identifying the structures and elements of an effective educational program for providers of reflective clinical supervision

The value of reflective clinical supervision (RCS) for midwives is gaining recognition as an important workforce support strategy.

Research findings indicate that a crucial success factor for implementing RCS is the availability of appropriately prepared facilitators. Little is currently known about the best way to prepare facilitators for clinical supervision.

This doctoral program of work aims to identify the structures and processes required within a program of education that are critical to create transformative change and enable midwives to take on the role of clinical supervisor confidently and competently.

Co-Leads: Sue Harvey (PhD candidate), Associate Professor Mary Sidebotham
 and Adjunct Professor Jennifer Fenwick
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Study 3 –  Measuring the impact of reflective clinical supervision on workforce well-being

This study will provide an evaluation framework, that can be adopted at an organisational level, to measure the impact of reflective clinical supervision on workforce well-being, health economics and organisational quality and safety.

Lead: Associate Professor Mary Sidebotham

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