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UTS to review SA Health nursing career development program

SA Health has commissioned the UTS: Centre for Health Services Management to conduct a review of its Nursing Career Structure Backfill Program in 2011. Implemented in 2007, the Program allowed experienced nurses to be granted time away from their clinical duties to undertake non-clinical and project based activities that are designed to enhance the clinical nursing and patient environment.

The review, conducted by Centre Directors Professor Christine Duffield and Richard Baldwin will evaluate the impact and benefits of the program across five designated domains: clinical practice development, leadership development, research and knowledge resources, professional development and management and planning.

Richard Baldwin says that gathering responses on the impact of the initiatives from a wide variety of informers is key to the review: “It’s not enough to say ‘this seems to be working’. UTS was granted this tender because we have the breadth of expertise needed to take a holistic approach and evaluate outcomes across a wide range of areas. I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”

Program stakeholders including SA Health executives, Nurse Executives and a number of nursing staff who are Clinical Services Coordinators and Clinical Nurses in a number of hospitals across South Australia will be interviewed as part of the review. With the final evaluation report submitted to SA Health before the end of this year.

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