BME blended supervision model

What is the aim of the pilot?

The aim of the pilot is to implement a blended supervision model which will incorporate remote and local supervision resource.

With blended supervision, remote supervision is added to the identified and organised local resources to ensure the combined supervision meets the standard. In essence rather than simply reverting to remote supervision when practices are unable to implement the traditional model, the practices will endeavour to coordinate and blend the available local supervision resources with remote supervision.

The mixture of on-site and off-site support resources in multidisciplinary team environment aim to meet the requirements of ensuring patient safety and registrar learning.

What need does it address?

The need for the new process has developed from the inability to continue a traditional supervision model at Njernda Aboriginal Corporation. The model caters specifically to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) as they often have difficulty maintaining supervision. The pilot also addresses the desire to introduce registrar training to Viney Morgan Aboriginal Medical Service.

How will it work?

In Njernda and Viney Morgan, several off-site accredited GP supervisors will contribute to the supervision roster.

Dr Gary Bourke will be the primary supervisor who will be available off-site during the practice opening hours who is familiar with both practices.

The primary supervisor is very experienced in Aboriginal health and is capable of leading a supervision team for GP registrars placed within ACCHS. He will be assisted by several accredited supervisors available to attend on-site if required, along with the support of a part-time on-site GP supervisor and other suitable staff members available on site (practice managers, nurses, Aboriginal health workers, allied health workers and an experienced cultural mentor).

What are the risks?

The risk of using this process is potential gaps in supervision and failure of communication between members of the team.

How will the risks be managed?

BME has developed a supervision template which clearly outlines how the supervision will be implemented within the practice. The use of a clear roster and the blended supervision template should minimise any communication breakdown between supervisor and registrar.