An Alternative Training Approach to Clinical Supervision: 1

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This article, the first of two-parts, introduces a new series on clinical supervision. It focuses on the issues of training in clinical supervision. The practice of clinical supervision is considered by the Chief Nursing Officer of the Department of Health to be fundamental to safeguarding standards, the development of expertise and the delivery of quality care. Clinical supervision allegedly brings significant benefits to clients and clinicians, and recent research has produced both quantitative and qualitative evidence to support this argument. Many trusts have already made attempts to introduce widespread implementation of clinical supervision and most developments are concerned with equipping clinicians to be supervisors not supervisees. This presents several logistical and financial problems, and currently neither the infrastructure nor the culture exist in nursing to facilitate its widespread and effective uptake. The authors argue that an alternative method of tackling this problem would be to train nurses to become supervisees not supervisors. Supervisee training could commence following the first year of the common foundation programme component of diploma and undergraduate nurse education.


To acquire a personal use copy of this work, contact John Cutcliffe at john.cutcliffe@wright.edu.



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