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Supervision in healthcare: a critical review of the role, function and capacity for training


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Terry, D, Nguyen, H ORCID: 0000-0003-4281-5948, Perkins, AJ and Peck, B 2020 , 'Supervision in healthcare: a critical review of the role, function and capacity for training' , Universal Journal of Public Health, vol. 8, no. 1 , pp. 1-14 , doi: 10.13189/ujph.2020.080101.

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This paper examines the notion of clinical supervision and takes a close look at what it means from the perspective of both the supervisee and the supervisor, considering how it can be of benefit to the learner, the teacher and the patient. Clinical supervision has been shown to be vital for the development and consolidation of undergraduate and postgraduate education, while having a positive impact on patient outcomes and as such is a fundamental component in healthcare education. Central to supervision is achieving the best outcomes for the supervisee, and effective supervision ensures the development of confidence, professional identity, and the consolidation of therapeutic knowledge. Clinical supervision provides a platform for extending the supervisor-supervisee relationship beyond the student-teacher model to one of mutual personal development in contemporary knowledge and skills for clinical practice. Despite the perceived importance of clinical supervision for healthcare more broadly, there is evidence to suggest that few supervisors are adequately prepared with the theory and practice of clinical supervision to adequately fulfill the expectations that the role entails. It follows therefore, that in many cases, there is an expectation that the health professionals will supervise without adequate preparation. This paper, although not a panacea, may assist those who are supervising and who seek or require some guidance and support.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Terry, D and Nguyen, H and Perkins, AJ and Peck, B
Keywords: education, healthcare, mentor, role model, student, supervision
Journal or Publication Title: Universal Journal of Public Health
Publisher: Horizon Research Publishing
ISSN: 2331-8880
DOI / ID Number: 10.13189/ujph.2020.080101
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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