Sonographer Workforce Development
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Sonographer Workforce Development Programme
The national Sonographer Workforce Development Programme (SWDP) was established in 2015 by the 20 New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs).
The aim of the programme is to support the DHBs to develop a sustainable and stable sonographer workforce which is able to meet present needs and future demand.
|Programme Lead||Hentie Cilliers||GM HR and Organisation Development, Whanganui DHB|
|Workforce Lead/Project Manager||Kamini Pather||Workforce Specialist, DHB Shared Services, TAS|
|SWDP Group||Phillip Balmer||Director of Hospital Services, Counties Manukau DHB|
|Rene Templeton||Associate Director of Allied Health, South Canterbury DHB|
|Di Orange||Regional Radiology Manager (Central), Mid Central DHB|
|Laurie Biesiek||Employment Relations Specialist, DHB Shared Services, TAS|
|Cecilia Lynch||Regional Director of Workforce Development, Northern Regional Alliance|
|Andrea Seymour||Health Workforce New Zealand, MoH Representative|
Click here to download a copy of the SWDP Group Terms of Reference.
The national sonographer workforce has been under pressure for a while, and it was considered that a national collaborative approach is needed to implement a sustainable workforce development plan. As a result, the national Sonographer Workforce Development Programme (SWDP) was established.
The objective of the SWDP group is to ensure that priority is given to work that will develop a sufficient, sustainable, stable and fit for purpose sonographer workforce; that can meet the present and future needs of the health system and the populations that it serves.
The SWDP Group is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the implementation of the sonographer workforce development plan, as outlined in the agreed work programme.
These surveys are conducted biannually by DHB Shared Services (DHBSS) on behalf of the Sonographer Workforce Development (SWDP) Group.
The surveys aim to identify the size and composition of the DHB sonographer workforce and to develop an understanding of the correlating workforce challenges. Over the long-term, we are developing a reliable baseline set of data for the DHB sonographer workforce.
Template Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Sonographer Training Partnerships between DHBs & Private Providers
Attached below is a template for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate collaborative Sonographer training arrangements between DHBs and Private Providers.
It is recommended that this resource be used to formalise existing informal arrangements or new Sonographer training partnerships with private providers. If it is considered that there is a need to adapt the document for local conditions, please ensure that operational agreements are documented and legal advice is sought at a local level.
This joint document is a resource which is intended to support training partnerships between DHBs and Private Providers. It specifically covers the arrangement whereby the two organisations work collaboratively, to meet the learning requirements of trainee sonographers as outlined in the clinical learning programme.
The template MoU is a framework which outlines the overarching goals of the partnership and also specifies the details of the arrangement. The intention is to provide clarity for both parties in relation to the agreement and to provide guidance to ensure ongoing successful relationships, attractive working arrangements for the staff concerned, shared understanding and operations, and the achievement of mutually beneficial outcomes.
Facilitating shared training partnership models between public and private, has been a key priority for the Sonographer Workforce Development Programme (SWDP). Feedback from DHBs signalled that the majority of Sonographer training occurs in the DHBs, which then supports private providers with a trained workforce. It was identified that the contribution of private providers to sonographer training requires further development. This template MoU aims to address this issue.
Sonographer Clinical Supervision Learning Tool - A Sonographer’s Guide to Clinical Supervision
We hope that your team will use this resource to support capability and capacity development to deliver quality clinical supervision for Sonographers. The document is intended to be used in conjunction with existing site-specific supervision requirements and policies.
The Australasian Sonographer Association (ASA) developed this high quality learning resource with the support of the Victorian State Government; to improve the quality and consistency of clinical training of sonographers across New Zealand and Australia. The handbook enables skill development and self-learning in a flexible and practical manner, regardless of location. The resource also provides access to a Clinical Supervision Skills Review Tool, templates to support effective supervision and links to other useful resources.
This means that DHBs can use this learning resource to develop their in-house Sonographer clinical supervisory capability and capacity. The handbook enables skill development and self-learning in a flexible and practical manner, regardless of location. The resource also provides access to a Clinical Supervision Skills Review Tool, templates to support effective supervision and links to other useful resources.
Capacity to provide supervision for trainees is a significant constraint in growing the sonographer workforce. The number of trained clinical supervisors and the quality of supervision is a key enabler to support trainees and can positively impact on staff retention.
Implementing training resources which DHBs can use to increase supervisory capacity and capability, is a key focus area for the SWDP group. The group is aiming to deliver training resources that are easily accessible to DHBs, and cover the core generic elements of clinical supervision while incorporating components specific to the sonographer workforce.
You can access additional information about the Guide and the Australasian Sonographer Association (ASA) at: https://www.sonographers.org/
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