Practice visits

Fellows can participate in practice visits to earn CPD hours and gain valuable feedback from colleagues who understand the challenges of working in practice.

What is a practice visit?

Eligible RANZCOG Fellows* can express interest to receive a practice visit to gain valuable feedback on how your practice is progressing. The Fellow who visits you will gain an understanding of your performance and competencies, with the aim of improving safety and quality of care.

A practice visit helps you to identify the strengths, and assess relative risks within your practice which, if modified, may lead to improved patient satisfaction and outcomes as well as a reduction in medico legal issues. You will also receive support about occupational risks, such as where you are working too many hours, or with insufficient resources (human or equipment).

*eligibility varies per country; find out more below

Expand your professional networks

Being visited provides an excellent opportunity to gain support and feedback from colleagues who understand your specific professional challenges.


Australia

If you are a RANZCOG Fellow currently working in a regional, rural or remote area, you can express your interest to receive a practice visit to gain valuable feedback on how your practice is progressing, and identify areas of vulnerability to reduce risk.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a visit, the visited Fellow must be a RANZCOG Fellow currently working in a regional, rural and/or remote area (Modified Monash Model classification MM 2-7) for the past year. See Health Workforce Locator for classification details.

Continuing professional development

Visited Fellows who complete the practice visit process will be entitled to claim one years’ worth of CPD hours within the Performance Review domain and half a years’ worth of CPD hours within the Outcome Measurement domain of the RANZCOG CPD Framework.

What is involved?

Before you are visited, you will complete:

a practice profile questionnaire

a self-assessment survey

the dispersion and collection of 50 patient satisfaction questionnaires

a logbook of the last three months of procedures

a memorandum of understanding in relation to the visit.

During your visit, you will:

be interviewed by two peers

undergo review of clinical workload, case mix and record keeping

be observed carrying out one major and one minor procedure in theatre

have their practice surroundings reviewed including equipment and processes such as OHS, record systems in public and private (both practice settings will be reviewed where possible)

receive feedback about the visit and initial findings.

The reviewers will also talk to colleagues of the Visited Fellow (which may include significant hospital staff such as Unit Managers in relevant areas together with Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Director of Nursing (DON) and Director of Medical Services (DMS), RANZCOG trainees and other junior staff) about the context of care provided within the organisation and systems issues.

After the visit, the results of the visit will be reviewed confidentially by the Practice Visit Working Group. You will then be provided with a written report outlining positive aspects of your practice and areas of vulnerability, with suggestions on practice improvement.

Cost

The cost of a visit to an individual Fellow is $3,500.

Fellows interested in undertaking a Practice Visit in 2022 may submit a funding application via Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA). Find details of current funding rounds on their website:

Apply

The expression of interest period to be visited in 2022 closed 25 February 2022; information about the 2023 round will be posted here later in 2022, and communicated to eligible Fellows.


Aotearoa New Zealand

The Aotearoa New Zealand practice visits programme has been running since 2003, with over 160 practice visits having been completed to date.

Practice visits provide collegial peer review of O&G specialists within their work environment.

Practice visits aim to identify the strengths and assess relative risks within a practice which, if modified, may lead to improved patient satisfaction and outcomes, as well as a reduction in medico legal issues. The project provides an excellent opportunity for Fellows to gain collegiate support and feedback from colleagues who understand the context and challenges of working in practice. An overview and summary of recommendations is made at the end of the practice visit, which is formalised through a letter sanctioned by the Practice Visit Sub-committee.

The Practice Visit scheme is a Protected Quality Assurance Activity. The Practice Visit report is confidential and belongs to the visited Fellow.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a visit, you will be a Fellow of RANZCOG practicing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

To be eligible to be a visitor, you will have had a practice visit yourself within the past five years.

What is involved?

Before you are visited, you will complete:

a practice profile questionnaire to assess your practice type

a self-assessment survey

the collection of 50 patient satisfaction questionnaires

surgical lists last three months

During your visit, your two reviewers will:

interview you

observe you carrying out one major and one minor procedure in theatre

look at your clinical surroundings

assess your clinical note taking

interview a variety of people you work with

sit in on a patient consultation

give you feedback about the visit and initial findings.

After the visit, the results of the visit will be reviewed confidentially by the Practice Visit Sub-committee. You will then be provided with a written report outlining positive aspects of your practice and areas of vulnerability, with suggestions on practice improvement.

Following the feedback, you may be offered a follow-up visit in order to help with further change and improvements.

Timeline 2022

June: documentation sent to Fellows being visited

August/September: deadline for completion of pre-visit documentation

October–November: practice visits made

December: New Zealand Practice Visit Sub-committee meets, and visited Fellows are sent their practice visit report

Apply

The cost to apply for a visit is NZ$2,500 including GST, per Fellow.

Contact us to apply:

Aotearoa New Zealand office
Email: ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz
Phone: +64 4 472 4608


Continuing professional development

Receiving a practice visit entitles you to CPD hours.

The visit is a Protected Quality Assurance activity.

More CPD information

The visited Fellow can claim CPD hours within the Performance Review domain of the RANZCOG CPD Framework

The visiting Fellow can claim CPD hours within the Educational Activities, Outcome Measurement and Performance Review domains of the RANZCOG CPD Framework.


Contact

Australia

For further information or any queries regarding practice visits, please contact:

Regional Fellows Coordinator
Emailregional.fellows@ranzcog.edu.au
Phone:  +61 3 9412 2971


Aotearoa New Zealand

For further information or any queries regarding practice visits, please contact:

Aotearoa New Zealand office
Email: ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz
Phone: +64 4 472 4608