Occupational therapy students' of the multiple mentoring model of clinical supervision

Nelson, A., Copley, J. and Salama, R. (2010) Occupational therapy students' of the multiple mentoring model of clinical supervision. Focus on Health Professional Education, 11 2: 14-27.

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Author Nelson, A.
Copley, J.
Salama, R.
Title Occupational therapy students' of the multiple mentoring model of clinical supervision
Journal name Focus on Health Professional Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-1100
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 11
Issue 2
Start page 14
End page 27
Total pages 14
Place of publication Adelaide, SA, Australia
Publisher ANZAME
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Finding appropriate clinical placements for undergraduate students in health professions is an ongoing issue and alternatives to the 1:1 supervision model are being trialled. This paper discusses students’ perceptions of the multiple mentoring model of clinical supervision, in which a team of students is supervised by a team of clinical educators. This model was trialled across 3 different settings in south-east Queensland, Australia.

Methods: Participants were 18 third and fourth year undergraduate and graduate entry masters occupational therapy students recruited purposively. Focus groups were conducted with each of the three groups of students after they completed their clinical placements. Transcripts were coded and thematically analysed.

: Four main themes emerged from the focus groups: 1. Students benefit from working with each other, 2. Students benefit from access to multiple supervisors, 3. Students have increased independence and develop a range of personal and professional skills and 4. There are key features that make the model work.

Conclusions: The multiple mentoring model could be implemented successfully as an alternative model of clinical student supervision in a range of different clinical settings. However, the clinical placement would need to be organised and structured in a way to support the learning and supervision of students as a group and as individuals.
Keyword Multiple mentoring
Clinical supervision
Student perceptions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 15 Mar 2011, 17:08:44 EST by Dr Jodie Copley on behalf of Occupational Therapy