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Table 2 Means, percentage ratings and the IQD for each characteristic (* characteristics considered not important)

From: Characteristics of student preparedness for clinical learning: clinical educator perspectives using the Delphi approach

THEME: KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING Percentage >4 MEAN IQD
The student demonstrates sound theoretical knowledge in basic sciences 78 5.18 0.5
The student demonstrates a thorough knowledge of therapy practices relevant to the area* 52 4.42 0.5
The student knows how to access information when a gap in knowledge or need for further information is identified 91 5.97 0.5
The student demonstrates basic knowledge of the key features of common conditions 74 5.09 1
The student demonstrates some understanding about the department or organisation where they will be undertaking the placement* 25 3.66 0.5
The student demonstrates knowledge of basic treatment principles for common conditions* 68 5.06 1
The student demonstrates knowledge of forms of treatment that may be detrimental to a client 71 5.02 1
The student demonstrates knowledge of other professions and their roles* 48 4.22 1
The student has an understanding of own learning style 82 5.34 0.5
The student demonstrates knowledge of the clinical assessment tools their educator is using to assess them 75 5.14 0.5
THEME: WILLINGNESS    
The student is willing to work as a team with peers, colleagues and other health professionals 100 6.19 0.5
The student is willing to ask questions and clarify to ensure understanding 99 6.44 0.5
The student is willing to try new techniques 98 5.95 1
The student is willing to discuss and exchange ideas to maximise patient care 99 6.23 0.5
The student is willing to receive feedback/constructive criticisms 100 6.51 0.5
The student displays a willingness to take on board any appropriate requested task 97 6.14 0.5
The student is willing to stray from their comfort zone 84 5.41 0.5
The student is willing to adhere to positive workplace culture and routines e.g. tidying up, cleaning 96 5.93 1
The student is willing to take responsibility for their own learning 98 6.33 0.5
The student is willing to self evaluate 99 6.13 0.5
THEME: PROFESSIONALISM    
The student has a thorough understanding of the code of conduct and ethics for their profession 85 5.53 0.5
The student understands their role and is able to verbalise this 79 5.13 0.5
The student arrives at the placement on time 96 5.96 1
The student’s appearance is appropriate for the workplace and placement (e.g. hair, fingernails, jewellery) 96 5.89 1
The student is dressed appropriately for the placement (e.g. closed in shoes, uniform if appropriate, visible ID badge) 96 5.93 1
The student complies with professional matters such as confidentiality 99 6.70 0
The student attends each day having demonstrated appropriate follow up from previous day 94 5.86 0.5
The student makes appropriate contact with facility/educator prior to the placement commencing 88 5.70 0.75
The student is prepared for the first day having completed the appropriate pre-reading and bringing learning resources relevant for the clinical area(s) 84 5.57 0.75
The student displays ability to maintain professional boundaries with patients/clients 95 6.27 0.5
The student respectfully engages with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds 97 6.20 0.5
THEME: COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION    
The student demonstrates effective communication and interpersonal skills (verbal, non-verbal and listening) with clients across the lifespan 89 5.75 1
The student is able to liaise with key stakeholders, such as organising appointments 73 5.03 1
The student is able to communicate professionally with members of the multidisciplinary team 87 5.53 0.5
The student demonstrates respectful and non-judgemental communication 97 6.19 0.5
The student has the capacity to adjust their interaction style to meet the needs of the audience, whether it be colleagues, clients or others 89 5.60 0.5
The student demonstrates effective written communication skills, in charts, letters and information for clients 81 5.26 0.5
THEME: PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES    
The student demonstrates enthusiasm and interest in the placement 92 5.79 0.5
The student shows initiative 97 5.86 0.5
The student is sensitive/empathetic to client's needs and concerns 99 6.01 1
The student has the ability to manage stress levels 87 5.36 0.5
The student demonstrates a desire to learn 99 6.26 0.5
The student demonstrates the ability to self reflect on performance, interactions and outcomes 93 5.95 1
The student has self awareness of own limitations and is honest about current level of knowledge & skills 97 6.04 1
The student demonstrates the ability to apply oneself 97 5.92 0.5
The student is attentive 97 5.90 0.5
The student is curious and asks questions 94 5.77 0.5
The student is proactive 94 5.78 0.5
The student is diligent 95 5.77 0.5
The student is self directed 91 5.69 0.5
The student is helpful 84 5.45 0.5
The student is polite 93 5.82 1
The student is creative* 63 4.73 1
The student is assertive * 60 4.65 1
THEME: SKILLS    
The student demonstrates time management skills e.g. use of a diary, to do lists 82 5.38 0.5
The student demonstrates organisational skills 85 5.45 0.5
The student has good verbal and written skills 90 5.57 0.5
The student demonstrates good observational skills 86 5.60 0.5
The student has research skills to find basic information to fill in existing knowledge gaps 90 5.69 0.5
The student has foundation skills for the area of practice 81 5.35 0.5
The student demonstrates social skills e.g. the ability to relate personably 93 5.81 1
The student demonstrates problem-solving skills 95 5.73 0.5