Ms Kelli Rixon1, Mr Luke Cartwright1, Mr Derek Figurski1, Ms Angela Borbelj1, Mr Martin Urban1, Mrs Annette Carroll1, Mrs Lauren Brooks1
1ACT Health, Woden, Australia
Aim: To develop a framework that outlines knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes required by CMS scientific staff (cardiac, neurophysiology, respiratory and sleep sciences).
- Review of:
o Standards of Practice for ACT Health Allied Health Professionals
o Allied Health (AH) work level standards
o AH credentialing requirements
o Competencies within ACT Health (ACTH) CMS
o National/International publications about CMS professional standards and training
Results: The Framework consists of five generic domains that allow for consistent application across the disciplines:
- Professional conduct
- Scientific knowledge
- Clinical skills
- Procedural proficiency
- Professional development
- Historically there have been no CMS-specific undergraduate courses in Australia. The entry point to the CMS professions is an undergraduate degree in medical science or health science. There are CMS-specific postgraduate courses; enrolled students need to be working in the specific discipline.
- The benefits from implementing the Framework:
- Providing a standardised approach for the assessment, maintenance and monitoring of knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes
- Clearly communicate what CMS need to do to be effective in their role
- Helping to identifying gaps in competency and training requirements
- Allowing for effective evaluation of performance
- CMS are currently non-regulated professions; raising issues of accountability and responsibility. The Standards of Practice for ACT Health Allied Health Professionals are currently the over-arching reference for all ACT Health CMS staff. The Framework aligns with the Standards.
- ACTH is committed to ensuring AH professionals are appropriately qualified and experienced; through credentialing and defining scope of practice processes. Registered AH professions are governed by a profession-specific framework. Non-regulated professions function outside of a formal regulation structure. Credentialing requirements emphasise the importance for a competency framework for non-regulated professions.