What is ‘Clinical Supervision’?

Clinical Supervision involves a nurse meeting with a Clinical Supervisor, who is also a health professional, to reflect on their practice, work, and career.

Clinical Supervision is sometimes called Professional Supervision or Clinical (Reflective) Supervision.

Clinical Supervision can occur one-to-one or in groups. It is always conducted in a confidential, safe, and supportive environment and occurs regularly, over a period of time.

You can read about Clinical Supervision here.

You can learn more about Clinical Supervision by enrolling in the Clinical Supervision courses offered by Clinical Supervision PLUS. Read about these courses here.

Who receives Clinical Supervision?

If you are a nurse who works in a clinical, health-related, or aged-care setting, it is important you engage in Clinical Supervision on a regular basis.

In particular, if you work in a stressful workplace or support people with mental health issues, Clinical Supervision helps you to reflect on your practice and problem-solve situations that you are finding challenging or distressing.

Who provides Clinical Supervision?

Clinical Supervisors are senior clinicians with the knowledge, skills, and experience to provide Clinical Supervision. The best Clinical Supervisors have completed suitable courses or training programs prior to becoming Clinical Supervisors and will engage in ongoing professional development to ensure they are up-to-date in their knowledge.

Information about the qualifications and experience of Clinical Supervisors at Clinical Supervision PLUS can be found here.

Why do I need Clinical Supervision?

Clinical Supervision supports you to improve your practice as a health or care professional.

The peak professional bodies for nurses and midwives in Australia, describe Clinical Supervision as a core component of professional support for nursing and midwifery practice. Read more about the value of Clinical Supervision for nurses and midwives here.

Health and care professionals who practice in the field of mental health are also required to participate in Clinical Supervision to maintain their professional registration, accreditation, credentialing, or professional practice.

Other reasons to engage in Clinical Supervision include:

  • to safeguard practice standards
  • to improve the quality of care that you provide
  • to experience higher levels of satisfaction with your work
  • to increase your self-awareness
  • to guard against ‘burnout’.

You can read more about the outcomes of Clinical Supervision here.

How can I get Clinical Supervision?

Any health professional or member of the caring professions can obtain a Clinical Supervisor by being proactive. Lists of Clinical Supervisors are maintained by a range of professional bodies (e.g. Australian Clinical Supervision Association; Australian Counselling Association).

Employers will often pay for staff to receive Clinical Supervision. We recommend that you approach your manager about this option.

Alternatively, you can pay for your own Clinical Supervision. This payment is tax-deductible.

You can obtain Clinical Supervision through Clinical Supervision PLUS by submitting the online Enquiry / Booking Form below. We will contact you at the first possible opportunity to answer your questions.

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