Supervision is a professional conversation that may take place informally over a snatched coffee break or during a quick chat with a colleague in their office, or formally in designated teaching sessions/tutorials or team meetings. Supervision can be defined in many different ways but is essentially a conversation between professionals at all levels of experience, not only for people in training. Supervision is aimed at promoting learning, reflective practice and improving patient safety and the quality of patient care.
This module considers the role of educational and clinical supervisors in supporting students, trainees and colleagues. The module covers some of the theoretical background to supervision in various clinical settings. It also contains some practical ideas about how to approach supervision and activities to develop a technique based on curiosity.
By the end of the module you should have an enhanced understanding of the principles of supervision and how it operates in a range of clinical and educational contexts. You will also have the opportunity to explore how you think the ideas relate to your own practice as a clinical teacher and be given advice about where to obtain additional information on how to further develop your supervision skills. The best way to improve your own supervision skills is by doing so in a peer supervision group led by someone experienced in supervision or in training supervisors.
Before you start
Before you start the module we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Click on the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this. Please also note that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ during the course of the module in order to complete and print out your certificate.
- In what ways are you currently involved in giving or receiving supervision?
- Think about a time when you felt that a piece of supervision went well. What factors contributed to this?
- Think about a time when it seemed to go wrong. What could have been done differently?
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