Comparison of three clinical facilitation models for midwifery students undertaking clinical placement in South Australia.
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Clinical placement is a core feature of Australian midwifery education programs, with clinical supervision acknowledged as a key component for student success. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical facilitation models in South Australia, specifically the quality of clinical supervision to facilitate learning, and key stakeholder satisfaction. A mixed method evaluation research design was used to compare three models of clinical facilitation for midwifery students undertaking clinical placement across five venues. Midwifery students (n = 174), across two universities completed an anonymous e-survey utilising the validated Clinical Placement Experience Questionnaire. Midwives (n = 149) across five venues completed an anonymous purpose-designed questionnaire on their experience providing clinical supervision to midwifery students and Clinical Facilitators (n = 8) representing three facilitation models completed a self-report e-diary for two weeks and engaged in a focus group. Few differences were identified between the quality of student support and learning opportunities. Students in all models were well orientated and prepared for the clinical environment. Clinical Facilitators were supportive, educative and valuable for the students to achieve their learning objectives. One significant difference was that facilitators employed in the ‘Shared’ model were more able to provide support to midwives supervising students and maintain good liaison with the universities.