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Devising a competency-based continuing professional development programme to meet the needs of on-call consultant paediatricians

Authors

  • Per Wekell,

    Corresponding author
    1. The Department of Paediatrics, NU-Hospital Organisation, Uddevalla, Sweden
    2. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Correspondence

      Per Wekell, The Department of Paediatrics,

      NU-Hospital Organisation, Uddevalla Hospital,

      45180 Uddevalla, Sweden.

      Tel: + 46 (0)10 435 0000 |

      Fax: + 46 (0)10 435 7333 |

      Email: per.wekell@vgregion.se

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  • Knut Aspegren,

    1. Emeritus Professor of Medical Education, Simrishamn, Skåne, Sweden
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  • Daniel Holmgren

    1. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
    2. The Department of Paediatrics, Skaraborg Hospital, Skövde, Sweden
    3. The Queen Silvia Children's Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Abstract

Aim

To define the clinical competencies currently required by on-call consultant paediatricians in Sweden and to describe how these competencies can be acquired by using an outcome-based continuing professional development (CPD) programme.

Methods

The overall aims and objectives of the programme were formulated to meet the current responsibilities of an on-call consultant. It was delineated during a precourse needs assessment of 26 consultants, before being implemented with 16 participants, using a variety of learning, assessment and evaluation methods.

Results

The precourse needs assessment identified 217 clinical situations and 17 themes, and 139 subthemes were developed. During the programme evaluation, carried out using a reflective questionnaire, participants stated that they had improved their understanding of the role of, and demands on, the on-call consultant. They had also felt more confident on-call, had built a network of colleagues and updated their knowledge in relevant fields.

Conclusion

We defined and implemented a competency-based CPD programme to meet the changing demands faced by on-call consultant paediatricians. The aims and objectives of the programme were formulated according to a needs assessment among consultant paediatricians active in on-call services. Evaluation of the programme indicates that participants moved in the direction of the overall objectives.

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