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Delivery and Evaluation of “Talking Together”: Simulation training in a shared decision-making approach to goals of patient care

Do you have personal experience of caring for someone (either currently or in the past)? Are you interested in improving communication between patients, family/carers and clinicians to make shared decisions about goals and treatment plans?

Researchers at Curtin University need your help to develop a study to evaluate the roll out of a clinical simulation training program!

About the project and the involvement opportunity
Discussing goals of care with patients and family/carers is an important process in the context of serious illness. It helps to align care provided with what is most important to the patient in the event of clinical deterioration. East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) has developed a clinical simulation training program ‘Talking Together’ using role play scenarios with trained actors as patients/carers. The aim of the workshops is to improve clinicians’ communication skills when having conversations with patients experiencing clinical deterioration, and their carers, in relation to setting goals of care in the clinical setting.

The team has received grant funding to rollout the communication skills training across the EMHS. An evaluation study will be conducted alongside the rollout to evaluate the impact of the communication skills training program on patient, family/carer, and clinician outcomes.

The training is expected to be further enhanced over the grant period in response to participant, facilitator, simulated patient/carer and consumer feedback. Any additional features will be designed, developed and tested with the purpose of having a standardised approach and tools/resources at the end of the grant period that can support ongoing, sustainable delivery of the training.

About the position
Researchers are looking for 2 Consumer Representatives to be on the Project Steering Group.

What am I expected to do?

  • Attend meetings of the Project Steering Group (usually via Microsoft Teams) and contribute to the overall management of the project
  • Comment on documents produced by the team such as terms of reference
  • Provide a consumer perspective on the research proposal
  • Provide a consumer perspective on the communication skills workshops

What skills or experience do I need?

  • Personal experience in caring for someone (either currently or in the past) with a life-limiting condition who has accessed care in the hospital setting.
  • Passionate about improving communication between patients, family/carers and clinicians to make shared decisions about goals of care and treatment plans.
  • Open to share your own personal knowledge and experiences with the committee.

How long am I expected to be involved?
The project is funded for three years (until June 2024). Project Control Group meetings will be held once every three months over this period.

Where will meetings be held?
Meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams.

What support is offered?
$35 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

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