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 toward consistent compliance with the Code of Conduct for regulated health professionals.
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 behaviours over a span of time, not limited to a particular examination type or patient case. The observations and feedback are then used to complete the assessment form provided.
There are three main sections to the assessment form:
Section 1: initiative and communication
Section 2: responsibility 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.
This assessment occurs twice during the placement. The first occurs during the third week of the placement. The second occurs toward the end of the final (fifth) week of the placement. The mid-placement assessment is formative, meaning its only function is to provide you with formal documented feedback on your performance. You are expected to use that feedback to reflect on your performance, develop an action plan to address any areas of performance that are not yet at the target level for this placement, and use the remaining weeks to achieve those targets. For any behaviour that you score well on at the mid-placement assessment, it is expected that you will continue to meet that level of performance or surpass it for the remainder of the 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 only the second 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 future placements.
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 unit.