• 4th Jun 2019

Research Opportunity - The forgotten GCS...

The forgotten GCS: Group Clinical Supervision as a novel tool for the holistic development of paramedics within an emerging health field

Participant Information Sheet โ€“ General (Unspecified)

๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: The forgotten GCS: Group Clinical Supervision as a novel tool for the holistic development of paramedics within an emerging health field

๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ: 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 oneโ€™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 professionalโ€™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.

๐€๐ฆ ๐ˆ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž? 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.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ? The study is part of a Masters project, funded by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) in associated with Western Sydney University.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ˆ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐ฌ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ? 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.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ˆ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž? 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.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐›๐ž๐ง๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ˆ, ๐š๐ง๐/๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐š๐๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ? 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 paramedicโ€™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.

๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ค ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž? ๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐จ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ญ? 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:

โ€ข BeyondBlue โ€“ 1300 224 636 or for a live chat: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

โ€ข Lifeline โ€“ 13 11 14 or for a live chat: https://www.lifeline.org.au/

โ€ข Individual Employer Assistance Program (EAP)

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฌ? 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.

๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ญ๐š ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ? No. Your data will be used as per Western Sydney Universityโ€™s Open Access Policy. This means that data collected from this study can be made available online and world-wide in perpetuity.

๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ? 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.

๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ฒ? Yes, you can tell other people about the study by providing them with the Chief Investigatorโ€™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.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? 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.au Phone: (02) 4620 3758

Supervisor: Dr Paul Simpson, Director of Academic Programs & Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University Email: P.Simpson@westernsydney.edu.au

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ? 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 humanethics@westernsydney.edu.au

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.

To participate in this study, please visit the following link and submit your consent form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxJR2YS2LcdpD2Yiy6KWwey-dXY4nbv-O1jtf8zSBRhN8q-g/viewform

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