4 tips to solve the health workforce supply and demand issues

Feb 14
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Clinical placements are a compulsory component of health workforce education.  With insufficient clinical placements for the medical students, the pressure to source placements and ensure the quality of these has began squeezing opportunities in the wider community.

In an attempt to avoid capping enrolments in the future collaborations are being developed between higher education and healthcare providers to cope with the increase in student numbers. The main objective of these collaborations is to find innovative and sustainable ways to increase capacity for clinical training placements across Australia.

The next Clinical Placements conference will include initiative driven case studies from thought leaders in health and education and provide actions to be taken to secure the future of the health workforce. Here are four tips to keep in mind when trying to cope with the health workforce supply and demand issues:

  1. Keep up to date with trends in workforce supply and demand: It is important to understand the impacts of the uncapped education enrolments on student numbers and how healthcare providers can effectively communicate their capacity for these numbers. Keep up to date with research on generalist and specialist training demand and ensure clinical placements are aligned with this through strategic thinking.
  2. Build partnerships to ensure sustainable placements provision: According to our innovative workshop leaders Michelle Cameron and Mellissa Taylor building partnerships between education and health is the best way to provide the resources required to sustain and communicate capacity and capabilityTo learn more on how to manage and broker a successful partnership follow the link and book on to the workshop!
  3. Follow and benchmark best practice standards: Ensure facilitation, supervision and accreditation processes are at the highest quality. To ensure clinical placements are viewed as valuable learning experiences by both education providers and healthcare, both placement supervisors, facilitators and students need to be prepared to undertake a clinical placement. Communicating the importance of investing in the future workforce is crucial to a successful clinical placement.
  4. Think outside the box!: Look at sourcing placements in non-traditional or inter-professional placement areas such as mental health, rural and remote areas, acute, community and outpatient settings. Keep up to date with the opportunities Simulated Learning Environments can create to enhance the student learning experience.

Both education and healthcare providers responsible for the provision and sourcing of clinical placements should attend the next Clinical Placements conference on the 30th of April and 1st of May to hear innovative insights on how you can take the lead to ensure the success and sustainability of sourcing quality clinical placements. photo credit: deadstar 2.1 via photopin cc To receive regular newsletters including great insights, tips and how to’s – sign up here to our blog newsletterReport reveals slow discharge rates & increased avoidable admission rates 4 ways to improve patient flow Vulnerable Children: How to incorporate a trauma informed care environment Report reveals NSW hospital waiting times shows emergency targets being missed Are you prepared to meet consumers on their terms?

Submitted by Laura Dunlop

Laura Dunlop

Laura is a producer at Criterion. She has a passion for research and loves collecting interesting perspectives and turning it into actionable insights for conference attendees. She loves discovering new bands. Fun fact about Laura -Laura is a firm believer that “you have as many hours in the day as Beyonce”.

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