In 2008, the Victorian Department of Health commissioned an investigation into best practice clinical learning environments.
The purpose of the project was to develop a best practice framework that could be used by education providers, health services, clinical educators and learners to inform policies, practices or behaviours that improve clinical training experiences for all concerned.
The resulting BPCLE Framework identifies six key elements that are the underpinnings of high quality clinical learning environments.
The BPCLE Framework is relevant to all health organisations delivering clinical education and is designed to deliver:
The implementation process for the BPCLE Framework fits into a typical plan-do-review quality improvement cycle.
BPCLEtool guides organisations through the self-assessment and action plan development tasks, assists organisations to track the implementation of their action plan, provides guidance on indicator selection and assists with indicator data collection and reporting.
When working through the BPCLEtool self-assessment process, organisations rate themselves against the components of each framework element using an interactive map. Completing the maps:
By guiding organisations through a structured process, BPCLEtool assists clinical education providers to embed the principles and ideals of the BPCLE Framework in the day-to-day practice of managing, organising and delivering clinical education.
A more detailed description of how to implement the BPCLE Framework using BPCLEtool can be found by visiting the BPCLE Knowledge Base.
The BPCLE Framework was developed for the Victorian Department of Health by Darcy Associates, based on extensive research and stakeholder consultation, including:
Piloted across a range of organisations, the BPCLE Framework now enjoys widespread support from both clinical education staff and education providers. A recent Health Workforce Australia (HWA) report concluded the BPCLE Framework is "the best available framework" and is amenable for use at the national level.
Additional resources (including the BPCLE Framework document itself) can be found by visiting the BPCLE Framework Resources Library.
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