Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Practice Development Unit

Nursing and Midwifery Directorate

Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Practice Development Unit

The Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Practice Development Unit was established in June 2011. It supersedes the previous Department of Nursing and Midwifery Research and Practice Development. The Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Practice Development Unit focuses on the development of clinical services to ensure they are evidence based, person centred and family focused. This is achieved by supporting staff to question, challenge and systematically assess current practice and the context of care. The NMCPDU also assists with the development of workplace culture in order to facilitate the professional growth of individuals, improve team work and staff satisfaction and to facilitate service improvement.

Overview of services

The Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Practice Development Unit is located on the 2nd Floor, Samuel Way Building at the WCH campus.

The newly established NMCPDU assists and supports Clinical Practice Development across the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN) region to develop clinical services that are evidenced based, person centred and family focused.

Clinical Practice Development will be achieved through assisting and supporting nurses and midwives by;

  • Supporting the development of evidence-based clinical practice
  • Supporting the development of new service initiatives
  • To challenge and transform workplace culture to ensure the context of care is person centred and family focused
  • Developing the capability of staff to provide evidence based practice
  • Supporting the dissemination of practice development outcomes
  • Supporting the development of clinical standards for practice

The strategies for supporting clinical practice development will include:

Developing evidence based clinical practice by:

  • Partnering with clinical staff to undertake small projects in their area
  • Developing opportunities for collaborative inquiry
  • Establishing Nursing/Midwifery Clinical Practice Groups throughout the region
  • Assisting with grant, scholarship and fellowship applications of clinical staff
  • Mentoring and guiding staff undertaking clinical projects

Supporting the development of new service initiatives by:

  • Membership on steering committees or through consultation
  • Designing evaluation methodologies
  • Assisting with the evaluation of service/programs

Challenging and transforming workplace culture to ensure the context of care is person centred and family-focused by;

  • Developing opportunities and providing guidance and education in relation to engaging staff in reflective practice and critical thinking

Suggested tools:

    • Guided reflection groups
    • Action learning sets
    • Critical companionship
    • Values clarification
  • Engaging staff in action research to identify areas of strength and weakness within a service, empowering staff to identify solutions and supporting staff to achieve these

Suggested tools

    • Patient centred nursing index
    • Claims, concerns, issues
  • Assisting staff to seek feedback from consumers and others to improve quality of care

Suggested tools

    • Discovery Interviews
    • Patient stories
    • Survey
  • Engaging staff in the critical analysis and interpretation of results
  • Developing action plans for service improvement that is person-centred and family focused

Developing the capability of staff to provide evidence-based practice by;

  • Providing education programs about how to engage in practice development
    • Practice Development School
  • Supporting staff undertaking tertiary studies in areas of EBP
  • Supporting staff with applications for studies/projects requiring ethical review
  • Offering PhD or Masters fellowships supported by the WCH foundation
  • Supporting the development of clinical audits and projects for staff undertaking Honours programs

Supporting the dissemination of practice development outcomes by;

  • Supporting staff with the preparation of reports, presentations and publications

Supporting the development of clinical standards for practice by;

  • Providing guidance for the gathering of evidence and supporting staff to critique and synthesise the literature
  • Supporting the evaluation of clinical practice standards.

Key personnel

Clinical Practice Development Unit staff

Susan Dyer
Advanced Clinical Practice Consultant – Clinical Practice Development
Phone (08) 8161 6434
Email susan.dyer@health.sa.gov.au

Sue Christie-Taylor
Clinical Practice Consultant – Clinical Practice Development
Phone (08) 8161 6443
Email sue.christie-taylor@health.sa.gov.au

Anita Minkus
Clinical Practice Consultant – Clinical Practice Development
Phone (08) 8161 16497
Email anita.minkus@health.sa.gov.au

Administrative staff

Emilia Duggan
Administrative Officer
Phone (08) 8161 6468
Email emilia.duggan@health.sa.gov.au

Other staff

Midwifery fellow (Postgraduate student)

Angela Brown, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia

“Exploring midwives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s experiences with labour and birth in delivery suite”.

Supervisors: Adjunct Professor Jan Pincombe, Dr Jennifer Fereday, Philippa Middleton

Publications

Conference Presentations

Location:

Level 2, Samuel Way Building

Mailing address:

Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Practice Development Unit
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006

Phone/Fax/Email

Ph (08) 8161 6468

Fax (08) 8161 7704

Email: Emilia.duggan@health.sa.gov.au

last modified: 23 Mar 2016