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Table 1 Interview and focus group schedules explored the following issues

From: Assisting role redesign: a qualitative evaluation of the implementation of a podiatry assistant role to a community health setting utilising a traineeship approach

Service users and the consumer group Allied Health managers, nursing managers and podiatrists Enrolled Nurses Trainee PA
· Exploration of their use of the service · Exploration of their service · Background to their role in foot-care · Exploration of their service
· Exploration of their interface with the podiatrist and trainee PA · Why podiatry assistants were introduced · How their role differs to the PA role · Their background before training as a PA
· General feelings about the use of assistants · The impact of the introduction of the assistant on their role, workload, patient throughput (etc.) · How the PA role was introduced · What attracted them to the role
   · Relationship to and with the new PA · Why the (PA) role was introduced
· Understanding of, and preferences for levels of training of Pas    
   · he impact of the PA on their role and their service · Their training background (including traineeship)
· Important qualities of PAs    
  · Relationship with the PA · Mechanisms that help/hinder the new role to be effective · Mechanisms that help/hinder them to be effective in the new role
  · Understanding of the supervision support   
    · How is it decided what roles/duties they undertake in their service
  · Governance/responsibility · Issues that have arisen with the new role  
  · Current and other possible ways to measure the PA’s effectiveness   · Relationship with qualified practitioners (delegation of roles, autonomy, responsibility)
  · Effectiveness of the implementation process   
  · Mechanisms that help/hinder the PA to be effective   · Supervision arrangements
    · Career development opportunities
  · Decisions around roles/duties undertaken   
  · How the PA workload is determined (role boundaries)