Clinical Coaching for Excellence - Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Networks (RSON)

Program Overview

The Rural Surgical and Obstetrical Networks Clinical Coaching for Excellence Program (RSON) supports rural British Columbian surgical and obstetrical teams, including family physician anesthetics (FPA), family physician enhanced surgical skills (FPESS), surgeons, anesthetics, nurses and midwives, to build clinical and personal supportive relationships within their community and with their regional centre. 

The program is designed to respond to region-specific learning goals in order to support enhanced critical care, emergency and trauma services while also supporting closer-to-home maternity care within provincial care networks. RSON is offered in the following BC communities: Creston, Fernie, Golden, Hazelton, Port Alberni, Revelstoke, Smithers, Squamish and Vanderhoof. 

Coaches have access to optional Orientation and Skill Development Check-Ins run by CAMP. In these sessions, you will learn and develop key coaching and mentoring skills from experts and have a safe space to practice among your peers. Study credits and sessional rate payment are included.


Program Objectives

  1. Support smaller volume rural surgical and obstetrical programs by providing clinical coaching opportunities for surgical and obstetrical teams;
  2. Provide opportunities for rural teams at smaller volume rural sites to maintain and improve their skills sets and to provide opportunities for them to improve communication and engagement within their regional networks;
  3. Introduce an innovative CPD Program opportunity for rural physicians and nurses providing surgical and obstetrical care at smaller volume rural programs;
  4. Enhance opportunities for Continuous Quality Improvement for rural surgical care; and
  5. Enhance and support the connections between high-quality regional communities of practice.

Types of Coaching

Participants and teams may choose from the suggested types of coaching:

Out of community coaching

  • An individual or small group from your obstetrical or surgical team travels to be coached at another site or community (such as a higher volume centre).

In community coaching

  • An experienced coach travels to your community to coach an individual or small group from your team.

Peer coaching

  • Egalitariam coaching relationship between colleagues, which occurs between two individuals in the same community or different community. 

Virtual coaching

  • Coaching takes place over a virtual platform - phone, Zoom etc.

Coaching Activities

Coaching sessions could involve a range of coaching activities, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Direct observation
  • Debriefing
  • Feedback
  • Case discussion
  • Communication between coaching sessions

 

Core Principles

Relationship-based:

Centres on building supportive relationships between colleagues with support and guidance from program staff.

Learner-driven:

Participation is voluntary. Coachees identify their own needs and goals, and agree to form a relationship with a coach of their selection.

Customizable:

Promotes flexibility to suit the needs of individual physicians, teams, and/or communities and their unique contexts and experiences.

Formal:

Offers structure with clear guidelines, inclusion criteria, and expectations for both coaches and coachees. Formal evaluation of the program is built in. Participants may claim CFPC Mainpro+/Royal College MOC study credits where applicable.

Safe/Confidential:

Provides a safe environment for confidential interactions between coach and coachee, and with program staff. There is no reporting back to the Regulatory Colleges or the Health Authorities, as the focus of the program is on supportive relationships and quality improvement and not practice assessments.

Collaborative:

Aligns efforts with complementary programming where it exists.

Process

Program Details

Coachees

Coaches

Benefits

Personalized support from an experienced medical professional.

Improve confidence and skills.

Professional networking

Commitment

Customized length of time

Introductory Conversation

Pre and Post Program Evaluations

Eligibility

Physician, midwife or nurse interested in building confidence and refining skills

Located in an RSON Community (Revelstoke, Golden, Fernie, Creston, Vanderhoof, Smithers, Hazelton)

Accreditation

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for up to 126 Mainpro+ 3 Group Learning Credit per hour and up to 42.0 MOC Section 1 Group Learning Credits.

Cost

An hourly rate is given to physician coachees to cover lost income or salary. Nurse coachees may claim off-duty hours if coaching takes place outside of their usual working hours

Benefits

Develop and enhance skills through the fulfillment and satisfaction that will come from assisting a less experienced colleague. 

Free training on giving and receiving feedback

Professional networking

Commitment

Customized length of time

Coach training session

Introductory Conversation

Pre and Post Program Evaluations

Eligibility

Experienced physician, midwife or nurse

Accreditation

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for up to 16 Mainpro+ 1 Group Learning Credits per hour and up to 16 MOC Section 1 Group Learning Credits.

Cost

An hourly rate is given to physician coaches to cover lost income or salary. Nurse coaches may claim off-duty hours if coaching takes place outside of their usual working hours.

How to Get Involved

For more information, please email us at camp.rcpd@ubc.ca.

Acknowledgements

The Clinical Coaching for Excellence Program is run by the University of British Columbia Rural Continuing Professional Development (UBC RCPD) team with support from the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) and funding from the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues.

 

 

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