To sum up
Supervision is a professional conversation that may take place informally over a snatched coffee break or during a quick chat in a colleagues’ office, or formally in designated teaching sessions/tutorials or team meetings. To maximise the chances of the supervision being helpful you should pay attention to the following points.
- Be clear about the context of the supervision; who is asking for supervision and for what purpose?
- Be clear about your role and the supervisee’s needs in terms of development and performance.
- Think about what can realistically be achieved in the time available.
- Be aware of issues of professional confidentiality, clinical governance and ethics.
- Be thoughtful about power differences between you and the supervisee.
- Know who you can go to to get supervision for yourself.
- Supervision is a part of lifelong learning and does not stop when you finish being a student or trainee.
- Good supervision can contribute to job satisfaction and reflective practice, and can improve patient care.
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