Credentialling, competency and capability framework (Revised edition)

Ms Catherine Radkowski1, Ms Sally Martin1, Ms Kathy MacDonald1

1Western Health, Sunshine, Australia

Aim: To determine whether the Allied Health: Credentialling, Competency and Capability Framework may be applied to the science disciplines of allied health.

Method: The framework was introduced to various allied health: science disciplines via 3.5 hour introductory workshops conducted in metropolitan, rural and regional areas. Utilising a science discipline example the workshop highlighted how the framework may be applied to facilitate the introduction of a new service. Afterwards, participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire to determine if the framework, as currently written, can be applied to their discipline.

Results: A total of 90 questionnaires were completed from 9 introductory workshops with 98% of participants indicating that they found the framework was useful to very useful for their discipline. It was determined that 54% of participants indicated that minimal changes were required to contextualise the framework for allied health: science disciplines.

Significance of the findings to allied health: Allied health: science disciplines are very new to the terms credentialling, competency and capability. The Introductory Workshops provided a platform to define the three ‘C’s and how the framework can be utilised in practice. Feedback from the workshops was very positive and provided science disciplines the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with other science disciplines that they may not usually interact with. Adopting a standardised and consistent approach across allied health disciplines in Victoria will allow new and effective workforce developments to be readily transferred between health services, reducing the need for organisations to ‘reinvent the wheel’ and supporting the development of clear career pathways in allied health.