Facilitators, barriers and motivators of paramedic continuing professional development

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Hobbs, Lisa, Devenish, Scott, Long, David and Tippett, Vivienne. 2021. "Facilitators, barriers and motivators of paramedic continuing professional development." Australasian Journal of Paramedicine. 18, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.18.857
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Facilitators, barriers and motivators of paramedic continuing professional development

ERA Journal ID13631
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHobbs, Lisa (Author), Devenish, Scott (Author), Long, David (Author) and Tippett, Vivienne
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Paramedicine
Journal Citation18, pp. 1-7
Number of Pages7
Year2021
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1447-4999
2202-7270
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.18.857
Web Address (URL)https://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/857
Abstract

Introduction
As registered health professionals, Australian paramedics are required to abide by professional registration standards including the maintenance of continuing professional development (CPD). The broader health literature identifies facilitators, barriers and motivators for engaging in CPD, however the body of knowledge specific to paramedicine is weak. This research seeks to address this gap in the paramedicine body of knowledge.

Methods
This study adopts a constructivist grounded theory methodology. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, and analysed using first and second cycle coding techniques. Paramedics from various state-based Australasian ambulance services and private industry (N=10) discussed their experiences specific to their attitudes, perceptions and engagement about CPD.

Results
Paramedic CPD goes beyond the traditional approach to mandatory training. Paramedics are motivated by factors such as modality of delivery, professional expectations, clinical/professional improvement and, sometimes, fear. Facilitators included organisational support, improved clinical knowledge, practitioner confidence, self-directed learning opportunities and perceived relevance of content. Barriers include cost, workload/fatigue, location, rostering, lack of incentive to engage, lack of employer support and technological problems.

Conclusion
By understanding what facilitates or motivates engagement in CPD activities, paramedics can navigate their CPD in conjunction with regulatory requirements. Although paramedics report some similar experiences to other health professionals, there are nuances that appear specific to the discipline of paramedicine. Of interest, a unique finding related to fear influencing paramedic CPD engagement. The results of this study informs paramedic employers and paramedic CPD providers with insights to assist in the development of positive CPD experiences and interactions.

Keywordsparamedic; paramedic education; paramedic continuing professional development (CPD); lifelong learning (LLL)
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020320219. Paramedicine
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Health and Wellbeing
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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