Competencies and skill development in maternity care services in Victoria - a qualitative study

Edward, Karen-Leigh and Walpole, Lyn and Lambert, Gavin and Phillips, Sarah and Galletti, Alessandra and Morrow, Jane and Gow, Jeffrey ORCID: and Hiller, Janet (2019) Competencies and skill development in maternity care services in Victoria - a qualitative study. Nurse Education in Practice, 39. pp. 55-60. ISSN 1471-5953


In healthcare, continuing professional development is provided to ensure professional standards are maintained and for clinicians to remain fit to practice. The purpose of the study was to identify potential gaps or issues with continuing professional development in maternity services through consultations with key stakeholders and, in addition, to generate possible solutions or recommendations towards the development of a state wide continuing professional development program. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews of a purposive sample between June and August 2018. A thematic analysis was undertaken. Participants included a practicing midwife, allied health practitioner (physiotherapist), manager, healthcare educator, and an outlier service worker (maternal and child health nurse). Following the thematic analysis, four main themes (education, practitioner standards, programme monitoring and resources) were identified along with nine sub-themes. The results suggest organisations need to offer explicit support for staff to access to continuing professional development. In addition, the qualifications of facilitators of continuing professional development and/or consumer education are recommended to go beyond education levels required for registration. In this respect, some organisations credentialed their educators locally in a ‘train the trainer’ manner however, most participants supported professional preparation for the role of educator.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2020)
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 22:56
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2020 01:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: Continuing professional development; Competencies; Maternity services; Practitioner standards
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
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