Mrs Aarthi Raman1, Ms Claire de Booy2
1The Royal Melbourne Hospital & Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 2Western Health, Melbourne, Australia
The Allied health: Credentialling, Competency and Capability (CCC) framework was developed by Monash Health and released in 2014 by Victorian Department of Health. This framework supports a standardised approach to govern & regulate allied health workforce skills and knowledge. It also supports growth of new and extended roles to meet changing health service demand. The Framework initially targeted Allied health therapies, and in 2015 , it was contextualised and adapted for allied health sciences at Western Health (WH). It has now been translated to The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC) Imaging and Nuclear Medicine departments.
Capabilities and Credentialling assessments for imaging & nuclear medicine professionals, occurs as part of the formal recruitment process. Candidates’ qualifications are verified and matched to roles and responsibilities. The scope of clinical practice for these professions is defined in their CCC policy which is now governed by the Allied Health Credentialling Committee of each organisation. This policy summarises training requirements and competency levels relevant to each departments’ clinical practice. This governance structure will support future extended and advanced practice roles.
With exponential growth in technological advances and ever-increasing complexities of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, it is imperative for managers to monitor currency of clinicians’ skills to ensure consistent safe delivery of service. Online Competency self-assessments monitor training standards in conjunction with effective clinical supervision support. Training data analytics inform operational skill-mix management and performance development. The CCC framework ensures the *right people are supported in right roles with the right skills while providing for a safe and effective health service.
*clinical workforce have the right qualifications, skills and approach to provide safe, high-quality health care’ as stipulated/required in Standard 1 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (ACSQHC 2011).
Aarthi Raman is Imaging Clinical Educator at The Royal Melbourne Hospital & Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. She has 15 years of multi-modality imaging experience including 6 in clinical education, leadership, and management. She is passionate about workplace learning and sharing knowledge to develop all clinicians to be their best. In her current role, she influences educational change management through allied health best practice. Aarthi is an active member of the Allied Health Clinical Educators Network (AHCEN) and looks forward to ongoing collaborative projects with her peers.
Claire de Booy is a Clinical Educator Radiographer with 21 years of clinical experience in radiography and 3 as educator in the Victorian public health system. She has extensive experience across many Medical Imaging modalities including ultrasound and MRI. Claire began her career and training at Barwon Health, spending seven years there before continuing her career at Western Health from 2007. This is Claire’s first time presenting in a setting external to her department.