Clinical Supervisor Support Program

Professional, clinical and field placements in metropolitan and rural areas are a core and essential element of nursing, midwifery, and allied health programs offered by the Division of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. We aim to support and acknowledge student placement supervisors who regularly supervise students as part of their professional role.

We are offering a Clinical Supervisor SupportProgram designed to support supervisors who frequently and regularly supervise UniSA students. The elements of the program are (depending on supervision volume)

  • Access to the UniSA library and databases
  • Access to discipline specific placement induction programs
  • Fee reduction for the Professional Certificate in Practice Education

The Clinical Supervisor Support Program has two levels – Supporter and Partner.  Each level has specific criteria which need to be met.

Your eligibility is based on either the number of students supervised in the preceding year or the total hours of supervision provided.  Clinical Supervisors can apply for the Clinical Supervisor Support Program at any time using the online application form.

Status

Criteria

Benefit(s)

Supporter

  • Any Clinical Facilitator or Supervisor who contributes to the education of Division of Health Sciences students by being the primary supervisor of between 1 to 5 students throughout the year OR
  • Clinical Facilitators or Supervisors who supervise Division students for between 8 to 40 hours in a year
    • Access to University of South Australia Library services, including access to the numerous online journals and databases the University subscribes to
    • A UnISA Email Address
  • Access to University of South Australia Library services, including access to the numerous online journals and databases the University subscribes to
  • A UnISA Email Address

Partner

  • Clinical Facilitators or Supervisors who supervise 6 or more students throughout the year OR
  • Clinical Facilitators or Supervisors who supervise Division students for over 40 hours in a year
  • Access to University Library services
  • A UnISA Email Address
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Clinical Supervision Support by the Dean: Health and Clinical Education
  • A 25% discount on the course fees for the Professional Certificate in Practice Education
  • Access to University Library services
  • A UnISA Email Address
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Clinical Supervision Support by the Dean: Clinical Education and Equity
  • A 25% discount on the course fees for the Professional Certificate in Practice Education

Guidelines

  • Clinical Supervision Support participants must apply through the University’s e-Recruit system.  Supervision support will be checked against the numbers of students recorded as going to a particular site. 
  • Supporter status is for 18 months from the date of approval.  Partner status is for 3 years from the date of approval.  You must reapply before the end of the support period if ongoing support is required.
  • If you are paid by the University of South Australia to supervise Division of Health Sciences students on placement via a UniSA casual contract, you already have a UniSA network access and log on for the duration of your employment with UniSA (so this program is of no benefit in regards to library access). Negotiation of the other elements of the program is possible by contact with the Dean: Clinical Education and Equity via the Project Officer: Clinical Education & Equity.

Supervision of students on placement typically includes:

  • Students’ orientation to a site
  • Supervising the student for considerable periods whilst the student is on clinical or fieldwork placement
  • Providing feedback to the student on a regular basis
  • Active contribution to the student assessment process

Part-time staff who supervise students are still eligible for the Program; the level will be dependent on their full time equivalency (FTE) status.  A supervisor working 2 days per week (0.4 FTE), for example, will be eligible for Supporter or Partner status by supervising 40% of the required number of students or hours to meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Applications are reviewed biannually by the Dean: Clinical Education and Equity, on a monthly basis.

Access to University of South Australia Library services

Upon approval of your application, you will be sent a letter of agreement and computer network access form.  Once the forms have been completed and returned to UniSA, the University will organise log on to the University network for access to the Library.  You will be instructed in the letter of agreement about how to access Library services.

Formal acknowledgement

Formal acknowledgement of appreciation will be sent to the relevant individual clinician early in the following year.

A formal acknowledgement of appreciation for a department or organisation is available upon request. To be eligible, the department or organisation must have at least 3 Supervisors/Facilitators in the Support Program. Please contact the Project Officer: Clinical Education & Equity to request this.

Professional Certificate

Professional Certificate in Practice Education

For further information and course dates, please visit the Professional Certificate in Practice Education page

Further Information

Clinical Education and Equity at UniSA

Led by Professor Esther May, Dean: Clinical Education and Equity, the team supports the access to higher education for equity groups, and clinical education quality assurance in the Division.  In addition, her portfolio includes overseeing Commonwealth and SA Health reforms and funding, clinical education strategy, continuing professional development for clinical educators and staff, and clinical simulation for the Division.

Contact details

Joanna Bouyesi
Project Officer: Clinical Education & Equity
Telephone: (61 8) 8302 1187
Email: Joanna.Bouyesi@unisa.edu.au

Level 5 Playford Building
City East Campus
North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide, South Australia 5001

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