Recruiting new Clinical Champions for 2018

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CKN is recruiting for the next wave of Clinical Champions. The CKN Clinical Champions program helps spread awareness of the wide range of evidence-based clinical resources that CKN contains, how to find them, and how to use the various tools CKN offers. Our Champions are clinicians who are enthusiastic about CKN and keen to help their colleagues make best use of the tools available to them.

The role of the CKN Clinical Champion is not onerous and focuses on providing advice and education to colleagues, advocating for CKN’s use, and helping to build relationships and connections.

One of our current Champions, Lisa Bellamy, is a paediatric physiotherapist at Logan Hospital. Part of her role is to provide physiotherapy services to preterm infants on the special care nursery, children’s ward as well as outpatient physiotherapy to children with musculoskeletal and developmental conditions.

Lisa became part of the Clinical Champions program to learn how to better use the resources available through the website. “I regularly use CKN to try to look up the best evidence for assessment and treatments. Finding the specific information you need from the millions of studies available in a short amount of time is one of the biggest challenges that clinical staff deal with. As more research is conducted there is more content to wade through to find those articles and resources most relevant to us. I wanted to see if I could find a more effective way of doing this,” Lisa said.

“I have really enjoyed the recorded training videos which have taught me a lot of “tips and tricks” for narrowing down searches much more quickly and effectively to find the information I am after. I also find the point of care tools very useful. DynaMed Plus is a great tool for starting out researching a topic, with easy links to clinical guidelines, the most recent review articles and patient handouts. The Clinical Education modules within CINAHL Complete are useful for my students,” she added.

Through the Clinical Champions program Lisa said that she has been able to provide in-service training for her colleagues on the tools within CKN that are most relevant to physiotherapy. There has also been significant interest from the Physiotherapy Department’s Research Committee who are particularly engaged in using evidence-based practice. “CKN itself allows quick access to a huge range of relevant information on assessments, treatments and conditions. It also provides an easy way to access clinical guidelines and patient handouts. It is very useful for students who are trying to quickly learn about a range of conditions in a short space of time.”

“We have also been lucky to have the CKN Training Specialist, Cindy Slater, come for a visit last year to provide training to the physiotherapy department and we have booked her to come back again this April,” she said.

Get involved

With the support of Clinical Champions, CKN aims to build awareness and capacity for clinical staff to make the best use of the information resources and services it provides. If you’re a regular user of CKN, and keen to share your experiences with colleagues, we invite you to join us as a CKN Clinical Champion. People from a range of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to participate, including: visiting, senior and junior medical officers; nursing and midwifery; allied health and pharmacy practitioners.

If you’re interested in becoming a CKN Clinical Champion, or would like to recommend someone, please email support@ckn.org.au for more information about the program.