Guidance

The Nursing Team – Clinical Supervision

Health Education England – “Learners receive educational and pastoral support to be able to demonstrate what is expected in their curriculum or professional standards to achieve the learning outcomes required.”

The RCN has referred to clinical supervision throughout the Nursing Workforce Standards ; the Principles for return to services ; and the ‘One Voice’ position statement on the wellbeing of the health and care workforce. The RCN recognises an urgent need to establish a shared purpose and understanding of clinical supervision. As clinical supervision continues to be promoted and expanded across every field of practice, it is imperative that nurses take a united position on clinical supervision, positioning ourselves as leaders and change-makers in the development of our professional practice (RCN position on clinical supervision | Royal College of Nursing- 31st October 2022) .

Clinical Supervision is essential to demonstrate the commitment of the organisation and its clinical staff. It encourages reflection on clinical practice using a constructive approach to support and increase the confidence and capability of staff, with the primary aim of improving the quality of care provided to the patient population. Clinical supervision can both enable and support those in clinical practice.

Some of the key benefits of clinical supervision include:

  • improved patient care through increased knowledge and skills
  • reduction in stress levels and complaints, and an increase in staff morale
  • increased confidence and a reduction in burnout and emotional strain
  • increased knowledge and awareness of potential solutions to clinical problems
  • creation of new nursing roles, such as professional nurse advocates (PNAs) and legacy nurses.

(NHS Employers 1st Dec 2022)

Clinical supervision can take place between a group of professionals and on a one-to-one basis. Some take the form of discussion around real case studies and reflect on the scenario and outcome with the emphasis on facilitated learning. One to one supervision may also be referred to as mentoring usually provide by a more experienced colleague, this can also take place as ‘action learning’.

More information on clinical supervision and  models of supervision can be found here – Clinical supervision models for registered professionals | NHS Employers

For further advice re training opportunities and developments in relation to clinical supervision please contact your local training hubs.

Bath, Swindon & Wiltshire Training Hub – bswtraininghub.nhs.uk – Training Hub

Wessex Training Hub – 2021-01-29-What-is-Clinical-Supervision.pdf (hee.nhs.uk)

Dorset Training Hub – https://primarycaredorset.co.uk/

Useful Links and Publications

HEE Clinical Supervision . Responses to the National Education and Training Survey 2018 Under the Theme of Clinical Supervision

HEE Workplace Supervision for Advanced Clinical Practice: An integrated multi-professional approach for practitioner development (hee.nhs.uk)

HEE –  Practice Assessor

HEE –  Practice Supervisor

Practice Supervision a short YouTube film

NHS Digital  Digital supervision platform

e-Learning for Healthcare – Supervision for Multi-Professional Teams (e-lfh.org.uk)

NMC – Standards – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (nmc.org.uk)

NMC – Introduction to our Standards of Student Supervision and Assessment – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (nmc.org.uk)

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Last Reviewed Date
09/08/2023