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New ways of working… Developing advanced assistant roles in Community Rehabilitation Outline Project Background Literature review Workforce redesign - advanced support staff roles Training – Advanced CR Assistant Training - supervisors Evaluation Future directions

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  • Project Background
  • Literature review
  • Workforce redesign - advanced support staff roles
  • Training – Advanced CR Assistant
  • Training - supervisors
  • Evaluation
  • Future directions
Workforce shortages

Advancing technology

Increasing consumer expectations

High workloads

Aging population

New & innovative models of service delivery to meet future rehabilitation needs


Workforce redesign to optimise the use of professional, assistant and support staff

  • Commonwealth Pathways Home Program
  • Funding June 2005 - June 2008
  • Aims to facilitate a greater focus on the care and services provided during the transition from hospital to home
  • Includes funding specifically for workforce development
key initiatives
Key Initiatives
  • Competencies Audit
  • Staff Training and Development
  • University Curriculum Development
  • Interdisciplinary Student Placements
  • Scholarship and Research Schemes
  • Advanced Community Rehabilitation Assistants
cr competency domains
CR Competency Domains

1. Frameworks of Understanding

2. Networks and Teams

3. Cultural Awareness

4. Holistic Focus

5. Consumer Engagement

6. Service Continuity

7. Reflective Practice


9. Boundaries and Safety

10. Systems Advocacy

  • To optimise the capability of the current and future community rehabilitation workforce


  • Exploring opportunities to support and train community rehabilitation support staff at an assistant level to participate in CR

resulting in…

  • New models of service delivery to meet future rehabilitation needs
informing project scope and roles
Informing project scope and roles
  • Literature Review of the Utilisation of the Support Workforce in Community Rehabilitation
  • Audit of the Training and Education Needs of Staff Working in Community Rehabilitation
  • Key Learnings from other projects
    • NHS Modernisation Strategy
    • Better Skills, Best Care, DHS Victoria
literature review
Literature Review
  • Centre for Allied Health Evidence
  • Most info in acute
  • Some consensus re what should not do
  • Increasing trend across disciplines
  • Training
determining scope of the roles
Determining scope of the roles

Workforce re/design process in 5 pilot sites representing -

  • metro, provincial, rural & remote areas
  • government & non-government organisations
  • existing OO2/3 assistants & no previous support staff
    • Roma
    • St George
    • Redcliffe-Caboolture & Northlakes
    • Cairns
    • Spiritus Community Care
  • Dedicated local resource – part time project officer
  • Locally driven = local ownership
  • Look at current services, gaps and needs analysis
  • Extensive consultation - focus groups, interviews
service mapping planning process
Service Mapping & Planning Process

Look at current services and gaps

Identify tasks involved to deliver above services

and competencies

Implement change management process

around professional issues, benefits & boundaries

Focus groups to brainstorm what could be done

differently, delegated or reallocated


Re-map service provision with assistant roles

Document new assistant role and

any changes to other roles

Determine education and training needs

Determine governance including clear supervision

and award structure

Recruit assistant staff and trial roles

Evaluate impact on service, client,

professional, assistant

  • No legislation
  • Review of code of conduct & ethics documents
  • Standards of practice for
    • assistants working in CR, and
    • supervisors
  • Supervision and line management via AH, community health or rehabilitation team leader
  • Clinical supervisory lines to appropriate AH or nursing professional
change management package
Change management package
  • Powerpoint presentations, facilitated discussion questions
  • Addresses issues such as –
    • Role ambiguity and role definition
    • Workforce issues
    • Training for assistants
    • Professional role protectiveness & trust
    • Accountability & delegation
industrial hr considerations
Industrial & HR considerations
  • Extensive consultation with Public Hospital Over-site Committee (PHOC)
  • Consultation with District Consultative Forums (DCFs)
  • Consultation with professional bodies
  • Liaison with HR
purpose of the role
Purpose of the role
  • To support and assist clients to participate in rehabilitation, by providing rehabilitation services based in the community
  • To assist allied health and nursing professionals in the delivery of rehabilitation programs in community based settings
  • To function individually, and as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, with supervision from a qualified professional
example roles responsibilities
Example roles & responsibilities
  • Information gathering for assessment under guidance
      • including independent administration of selected screening tools
  • Independent home and community visits to implement, monitor and ensure safety of rehabilitation or therapy plans
      • established by the supervising professional
  • Work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
      • including contributing to case conferences
example roles responsibilities19
Example roles & responsibilities
  • Work with clients, their families and carers to carry out functional daily activities (eg. activities of daily living, gardening, leisure activities)
      • as identified in the client’s rehabilitation plan
  • Assist in supply of, and instruct and monitor clients in the fitting and use of prescribed equipment
      • including review of minor home modifications
example roles responsibilities20
Example roles & responsibilities
  • Lead or co-lead community based group activities and educational programs to meet individual client, family or carer goals
      • under guidance of treating health professional
  • Advocate for clients, their families and carers, including assist clients to navigate the health care system
      • including completing forms
example roles responsibilities21
Example roles & responsibilities

Duties Do Not Include:

  • Diagnosis or Discharge
  • Independent administration and interpretation of assessments
  • Independent referral to a health provider outside the multidisciplinary team
  • Provision of interpretive information to staff, clients, their families and carers
  • Independent development or modification of a rehabilitation plan
3 training
3. Training
  • Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance with Community Rehabilitation competencies

(ii) Working with the ISC - CR competencies & National Training Framework

(iii) In-house training

i certificate iv allied health assistance community rehabilitation
(i) Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance – Community Rehabilitation
  • Based around CR competency domains
  • Sunshine Coast TAFE
  • 60 fully funded positions, including travel subsidy
  • Over 110 applications received with 40 QH & 20 NGO funded
  • 2 VCs, one 5 day workshop in 4 locations around the state, and flexible delivery
core units
Core Units
  • HLTHIR402B Contribute to organisational effectiveness in the health industry
  • HLTHIR506B Implement & monitor compliance with legal & ethical requirements
  • HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes in the health industry
  • HLTIN403B Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures
allied health units
Allied Health Units
  • HLTAH407A Assist with the rehabilitation of clients (ICF)
  • HLTAH408A Assist with the development and maintenance of client functional status (ICF)
  • HLTAH409A Conduct group sessions for individual client outcomes
  • HLTAH410A Support the development of speech & communication skills
  • HLTAH402A Assist with physiotherapy treatments and interventions
community rehabilitation units
Community Rehabilitation Units
  • HLTHIR403B Work effectively with culturally diverse clients & co-workers
  • CHCNET4A Work with other services (networking)
  • CHCAD1C Advocate for clients
  • CHCDIS6C Plan and implement community integration
  • CHCAC6C Support the older person to meet their emotional and psychosocial needs
  • CHCORG28A Reflect and improve upon professional practice
ii integration of cr into national training framework
(ii) Integration of CR into National Training Framework
  • Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council - National Training Framework (Health & Community Services Training Packages)
    • New CR units of competency in the Certificate IV in Allied Health Assisting and/or
    • New CR units competency in the Community Services Training Package
    • Currently in national research & consultation phase to identify scope of current & potential roles nationally to be included in project
iii in house training
(iii) In-house training
  • Topics identified in consultation phase
  • Work in progress that will be a sustainable resource past the project
  • Topics include –
      • Documentation
      • ICF
      • Computer skills
      • Accountability / professional boundaries
      • Goal setting
      • Prioritising / managing workload and multiple demands
training for supervisors
Training for supervisors
  • Basics of clinical supervision for medical, nursing and AH staff supervising assistants
  • 2 hour online module
      • Accountability
      • Responsibility
      • Delegation
      • Boundaries
      • Supervision models
      • Assessing competency
  • Client’s experienceof having assistant involved in care - semi-structured interview
  • Professional’s experience of working with Adv CR Assistant and any resulting changes in practice - semi-structured interview
  • Assistant’s experience in the role - daily diary, semi-structured interview
  • Assistant’s knowledge and understanding of community rehabilitation competencies - quantitative pre- & post- questionnaire
where we are up to


Where we are up to

Map current CR services and gaps

Identify tasks and competencies required to

deliver above services

Implement change management process

with team around professional issues

Brainstorm tasks that could be done differently, delegated or reallocated

Re-map service provision with new or

amended roles

Document new CR worker role and any

changes to other roles

Determine education and training needs

Determine line management, supervision and award structure

Recruit assistant staff and trial roles

Evaluate impact on service, client, professional, CR Worker

outcomes to date
Outcomes to date
  • Task lists for ACRA’s and Allied Health Assitants (AHA) completed
  • Assistants recruited who appear to have backgrounds that will be conducive to supporting the project
  • Active consultation with local teams and the amount of effort teams have put into structure
Increased communication across services (within and outside own organisation)
  • From Spiritus site (ACRA has been employed the longest)
    • Smooth recruitment process
    • Increased client numbers, contact time and focus goals
    • Increased clinical activity for existing AHA roles
challenges for the project for the future
Challenges For the Project for the Future
  • Lack of clarity around existing administration and Allied Health Assistant (AHA) roles
  • Training existing staff on ACRA role and some rehabilitation staff struggling with concept of ACRA,
  • Poor communication between services (particularly QH and NGO’s)
Lack of AH team to work with (recruitment and retention) and raising staff interest in Supervision training
  • Consultation with nursing staff and links with nursing
  • Slow, regimented recruitment process (QH), differing Communication styles and line management changes
  • Demonstrating clear outcomes and Finding sustainable funding
future directions
Future directions
  • Practice or competency standards for assistants working in CR = stronger clinical governance
  • QH
    • Ongoing funding for pilot roles
    • Liaison with QH Corporate and Area Health Services re: future service planning and development to identify where roles may best fit for state-wide rollout
  • Spiritus
    • Business cases to funding bodies
  • Increase scope across continuum
  • Develop and deliver training for new national qualification
local project officers
Local Project Officers
  • Cairns
    • Barbara Saunders
      • 07 4052 9333
  • Redcliffe-Caboolture
    • Tracey Brighton
      • 07 5433 8686
  • Roma
    • Beth Knight
      • 07 4624 2719
  • St George
    • Jane Corbett
      • 07 4620 2236
  • Spritus
    • Alan Healey
      • 07 3340 9200
contact information
Contact Information
  • Angela Wood

PH: 3406 2391 / GroupWise


  • Internet