What is Clinical Supervision?

The purpose of clinical supervision is to provide a safe and confidential environment for professionals working with clients, by providing a collaborative, solution-focused framework to support reflective capacity and discussion surrounding professionals’ responses towards their practice experiences with clients.

Clinical supervision should be conceived as a distinctly separate practice development forum from management supervision.

Management supervision is frequently delivered by another team member or manager where there will be a review of performance against personal development plans and appraisals, the steering of work in-line with the organisation’s objectives, and identifying training and continuing professional development needs.

When appropriately conducted by WrightLink Ltd. clinical supervision provides many benefits for practitioners, managers, services, and ultimately client groups.  Benefits of clinical supervision include:

  • Helping professionals to manage the personal and professional demands created by the nature of their work. This is particularly important for those who work with people who have complex and challenging needs – clinical supervision provides an environment in which they can explore their own personal and emotional reactions to their work.
  • It can allow professionals to reflect on and challenge their own practice in a safe and confidential environment. They can also receive feedback on their skills, that is separate from managerial considerations which can also help to identify developmental needs.

Clinical supervision has been associated with higher levels of job satisfaction, improved staff retention, reduced turnover and staff effectiveness. Effective clinical supervision may increase employees’ perceptions of organisational support and improve their commitment to an organisation’s vision and goals. It is one way for a provider to fulfil their duty of care to professionals.