The Wound Solutions Clinic is a joint venture between the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and community care service provider Blue Care. The clinic is staffed by an interprofessional team of Blue Care employees. It is located on the university campus and provides educational placements for USC nursing, occupational therapy, nutrition and exercise physiology students.
In other models, campus-based clinics are managed by university faculty and students. Clinical leadership and responsibility for clinical expertise reside with the service provider (Blue Care) while the university partners with Blue Care to provide clinical placements and cutting edge research into wound healing and management.
The objective was to determine the outcomes of the clinic in terms of: number of nursing and allied health student placements: the quality of the learning experiences in a supportive inter-professional environment, and client outcomes.
This model aims to provide excellent local clinical care and student educational experience but also through the healthcare provider/university partnership it seeks to transform regional approaches to clinical education and provide robust clinical trial evidence to support the healing and management of chronic wounds globally.