Clinical placement occurs in the professional workplace. As a clinical student, you are provided access to that workplace on the condition that you demonstrate behaviours and attributes of a healthcare professional and present a positive image to the clinical facility's staff and clients. As a student in a regulated healthcare profession in Australia, you are also required to be working towards consistent compliance with the Professions Code of Conduct.
Your clinical supervisor will be working in the imaging areas with you, directly observing your day to day performance, and /or obtaining feedback from supervising radiographers who are doing so. These observations and collected feedback relate to your demonstrated knowledge, skills and behaviour over a span of time. This is not limited to a particular procedure or patient case. The observations and feedback are then used to complete the global assessment form provided.
There are 3 main sections to the global assessment form:
Section 1: initiative and communication
Section 2: responsibilty and demeanour
Section 3: overall technical knowledge and skill
In each section, there are multiple observable behaviours that are required. Your assessor will score your performance based on how frequently and to what extent you demonstrate each of the listed behaviours. Your assessor is also encouraged to provide comments to expand on the scoring feedback.
Your clinical supervisor is required to complete one assessment at the end of week 4 of your placement, a second assessment at the end of week 8 and a final one at the end your clinical placement (Week 12). This will allow you to critically reflect on your performance from the first and second assessments and design a plan to improve your performance during your clinical placement.
The end-of-placement is summative, in that its primary use is to evaluate and document your performance relative to the stated performance targets, and your grade in the assessment depends on where you stand relative to those performance targets. As this placement is the fourth of five in the course, you should use this end-of-placement assessment as formative as well, to help inform your plans for improvement that you can implement in your final placement.
Your clinical supervisor (or designated assessor) will meet with you after completing each assessment to discuss it with you. This is your opportunity to get clarification on any score or comment on the assessment. Once you have had that discussion, you both need to sign and date the assessment. You need to ensure that each completed assessment form has all required information, including the name, signature and registration number of your assessor. Your supervisor will provide you with a copy of the completed assessment form. You will then scan it and upload the file into the course Moodle site using the link provided.
You are also required to log these two assessment meetings in Section 3 of your relevant weekly logs, including the meeting date and a brief summary of the discussion plus the overall score of each assessment.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you remind your clinical supervisor at least a week prior to the assessment that it needs to be done, and book a meeting with him/her toward the end of the week that the assessment is due.This gives your supervisor the opportunity to collect feedback and to designate an alternate assessor if he/she will not be available. If there are extenuating circumstances at the clinical facility that prevent you from being assessed during the required weeks, you must contact the unit coordinator in a timely manner. It is also your responsibility to ensure regular access to the technology needed to upload your assessment files by the submission due dates. In the absence of an approved assessment extension, if you have not met all of the requirements listed in the Assessment Criteria section by the stated due dates, you will fail this assessment, and because this is a pass/fail unit that means you will receive a Fail grade for the placement.