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Preceptorship Program for social workers, physiotherapists and nurses

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The purpose of the CHS Preceptorship Program is to expand the knowledge base for existing practitioners and/or increase exposure to the bleeding disorder treatment centre (HTC) and the various disciplines as a possible career choice.

Allied healthcare providers currently working in HTCs have relatively few opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills as they are often the only people in their institutions working in the inherited bleeding disorder field. Training with experienced colleagues in other centres would be very beneficial. In addition, HTCs have limited visibility within their institutions. Exposure among students in nursing, physiotherapy and social work could attract high-quality candidates to replace those who retire or switch to a different field.
The individual(s) who are selected to participate in this program will spend two weeks within a large or two smaller bleeding disorder treatment centres in Europe, the United States or Canada.

A prequestionnaire surrounding knowledge, expectations, and general learning will be completed by both preceptor and preceptee. Upon concluding the preceptorship a questionnaire will also be administered to both.

Each participant will also compile a three-to-five page review of their experiences which will be shared with the host site. This review will include:
  • SWOT analysis (strength, weakness, opportunities, and threats)
  • The clinic’s breakdown of staffing and possible additions
  • The nature of administration within the clinic
  • Patient support programs (if not offered, how can this be addressed?)
  • Outreach clinics, staff education, and the documentation system (electronic/paper)

Upon completing the preceptorship, a PowerPoint presentation will be produced by the preceptor for a webinar for all HTC staff (but more specifically for allied health clinicians). An attempt will be made to have a face-to-face venue in order to disseminate information including a question/answer period (CHS AGM).

General information

To initiate this preceptorship a three-year pilot program is suggested with a first year two-week preceptorship only. Two preceptorships will be available in 2017 in the amount of $6,500 each. For example:

  • Honorarium: $2,500 ($250 per day X 10 days in clinic )
  • Meals: $800 for complete stay
  • Lodging: $2,100 (average $150 per day)
  • Flight: $1,000 (approximately)
  • Ground transportation $200 (approximately)

Once the first year is completed adjustments/expectations/outcomes can be refined for future years.

The deadline for submission of completed applications and supporting documents is November 15 of any given year. All applications and supporting documents should be submitted to:

Canadian Hemophilia Society
Preceptorship Program
301-666 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec  H3A 1E7

General criteria

  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Potential participants will be allied health professionals (physiotherapist, registered nurse or social worker) employed with a bleeding disorder treatment centre (HTC); special consideration will be given to employees new to the position or with a tenure less than 18 months.
  • Graduate students in physiotherapy, nursing or social work.
  • Undergraduate students in their final year within nursing or social work.

Specific criteria

  • New (3 years <) clinician experience working within a bleeding disorder treatment centre (HTC).
  • A social worker, physiotherapist or nurse in the final year of his/her professional program (educational training at the Masters level) with an interest in bleeding disorders.
  • If neither of the above applicants are represented in the application process then a seasoned clinician seeking to expand his/her knowledge/practice base; ideally within bleeding disorders or in the process of changing their clinical practice towards a bleeding disorders portfolio.
  • A request by a HTC for a clinician to participate in their centre’s practice.
  • Each applicant needs to provide a draft budget related to the location they are seeking to complete their preceptorship.
  • A prelearning (objective) statement along with a post-learning reflection needs to be submitted to the HTC and the CHS. For example, all participants regardless of discipline will become familiar with the working of a bleeding disorder treatment centre (HTC)—nurses will become familiar with the various products utilized within their patient population. Physiotherapists will become familiar with how to assess a bleed/joint bleed. Social workers will become familiar with disability and vocational resources and the system workings as it relates to the bleeding disorders community.
  • Applications should be endorsed by the medical director or operations leader from the receiving site (whoever is more appropriate at the given site).
  • If appropriate, you will be asked to submit a poster, moderated poster or make a presentation to the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) or the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH).

Application form