𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞:The forgotten GCS: Group Clinical Supervision as a novel tool for the holistic development of paramedics within an emerging health field
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲:You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Jacqueline Willis, Associate Academic in Paramedicine at Western Sydney University. The research seeks to explore the experience of new graduate paramedics who undertake regular online group clinical supervision sessions.
New paramedics can be placed in areas of high metropolitan populations and also those that have a small population, with physical isolation within rural and remote areas of Australia. As paramedic professionals, it is understood that there is a need to reflect on one’s own practice in order to actively process and learn from experiences. New graduate participation in group clinical supervision from health fields such as nursing and physiotherapy, has demonstrated this reflective practice can positively impact the health professional’s confidence, competence and ultimately the delivery of safe patient care.
Within the confidential group environment, participants are asked to discuss an unidentifiable clinical situation that they may wish to reflect upon and seek further understanding and/or advice the experience. The group then discusses the clinical situation, where participants learn vicariously through others and assist each other to find a resolution to assist in understanding professional practice.
𝐀𝐦 𝐈 𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞?You are eligible to participate in this project if you are a graduate paramedic working within a state/territory-based ambulance service who has been in that role for no longer than 18 months.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫?The study is part of a Masters project, funded by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) in associated with Western Sydney University.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐈 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨?The project involves new graduate paramedics undertaking regular online group clinical supervision sessions over a four-month period. You will be asked to participate in a series of online group clinical supervision sessions over a four- month period. Each session with last approximately 60 minutes, occurring once every three weeks outside of your employed work.
Within each session, discussions will be focused on clinical paramedic interventions/situations where the group will then assist in the clinical reflection. Each individual within a group session (maximum number of 4 participants) will be required to actively contribute their own knowledge, experiences and thoughts. Following the four- month period, you will then be required to participate in an individual confidential interview to gain your personal insights into your experiences arising from participation within group clinical supervision.
Participation in the study means that you agree to complete the supervision sessions and the confidential interview at the end. It is recommended that both the group clinical supervision sessions and the interview activities be conducted in a quiet environment with minimal noise in the background and where privacy can be maintained.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐈 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞?Throughout the process, it will be required that you attend a minimum of 5 clinical group supervision sessions that you are allocated to. This is to ensure that you as a participant are gaining the experiences of the supervision for individual benefit. This will also equip you to be able to provide feedback during an interview at the conclusion of the scheduled supervision sessions. The online group clinical supervision sessions will occur for approximately 60 minutes, occurring every three weeks over a four-month period as mentioned above, with a 60-minute online interview at the completion of the sessions. IN summary, the total expected commitment time is 6 hours over a five month period.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐈, 𝐚𝐧𝐝/𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠?Group clinical supervision has been identified in research and in other allied health fields as an avenue for new graduate health care workers to express and discuss events that have occurred at work in a safe and confidential environment. The sessions aim to increases a paramedic’s perceived competency through reflective practice and vicarious learning, whilst also increasing job satisfaction and the confidence of the trainee. The benefits experienced to date in other health professions, also relate to the building of resilience and wellbeing. In addition to these possible benefits, upon completion of the participation, you will receive a certificate that can be utilised for evidence of your continual professional development portfolio.
𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐤 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞? 𝐈𝐟 𝐬𝐨, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐢𝐭?The study may involve a level of discomfort. Within the sessions, participants are asked to share their clinical experiences with the group for educational purposes. The case presentations may potentially trigger an emotional memory or response for the participant. If this does occur, there are services that we are able to refer you to, to assist with any discomfort that may arise.
At any point within the group clinical supervision sessions, if you do feel personal discomfort you are able to exit the existing session and if it is your wishes, to withdraw from the research project. There are no employment repercussions if you choose to do this. The confidentiality agreement that is agreed upon by all participants at the commencement of the group clinical supervision sessions, specifically outlines rules of confidentiality relating to clinical situations and also the confidentiality within the group itself. No supervision sessions will be recorded. After the completion of any of the group clinical supervision sessions, should you wish to seek assistance to discuss any distress that may have occurred from within the session, the following services are available:
• BeyondBlue – 1300 224 636 or for a live chat: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
• Lifeline – 13 11 14 or for a live chat: https://www.lifeline.org.au/
• Individual Employer Assistance Program (EAP)
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬?It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published as a Master of Research thesis, journal submissions and potentially presented at conferences. In any publication and/or presentation, information will be provided in such a way that the participant cannot be identified. Only non-identifiable information with be produced.
𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟?No. Your data will be used as per Western Sydney University’s Open Access Policy. This means that data collected from this study can be made available online and world-wide in perpetuity.
𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲?Participation is entirely voluntary and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do participate you can withdraw at any time without giving reason. To withdraw from the study, you will need to contact the chief investigator to inform them of your decision.
If you do choose to withdraw during the conduct of group clinical supervision, unidentifiable general demographic information will be retained. If you chose to withdraw after the completion of the interview, your unidentified data will be withdrawn from the results of the study.
𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐲?Yes, you can tell other people about the study by providing them with the Chief Investigator’s contact details. They can contact the Chief Investigator to discuss their participation in the research project and obtain a copy of the information sheet.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐈 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?Please contact Jacqueline Willis should you wish to discuss the research further before deciding whether or not to participate.
Chief investigator: Jacqueline Willis, Associate Lecturer in Paramedicine, Western Sydney University Email: Jacquie.Willis@westernsydney.edu.auPhone: (02) 4620 3758
Supervisor: Dr Paul Simpson, Director of Academic Programs & Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney UniversityEmail: P.Simpson@westernsydney.edu.au
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐟 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭?If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through Research Engagement, Development and Innovation (REDI) on Tel+61 2 4736 0229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully, and you will be informed of the outcome.
If you agree to participate in this study, you may be asked to sign the Participant Consent Form. The information sheet is for you to keep and the consent form is retained by the researcher/s.
This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H13085.
I acknowledge that:• I have read the participant information sheet (or where appropriate, have had it read to me) and have been given the opportunity to discuss the information and my involvement in the project with the researcher/s• The procedures required for the project and the time involved have been explained to me, and any questions I have about the project have been answered to my satisfaction.
To make reuse of the data possible it will be stored under Western Sydney University’s Open Access Policy.
I understand that in relation to publication of the data:
• My involvement is confidential, and the information gained during the study may be published but no information about me will be used in any way that reveals my identity.• The researchers intend to make the non-identified data from this project available for other research projects• My participation in this study will have no effect on my relationship with the researcher/s, and any organisations involved, now or in the future. I understand that I will be unable to withdraw my data and information from this project. Once the interview is transcribed, you will be able to access a copy of the data for a period of ONE week to confirm what you have said and offer any