Develop Professional Supervision Practice in Health and Social Care

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|Supervision is practised widely in Health and Social care industry and also mental health professionals. Supervision involves regular meetings, reflection and monitoring of performance. Supervision is integral to the delivery of high quality practice across health, social care and other services and that the development of effective relationships between supervisors and supervisees throughout the system is fundamental to improving outcomes for residents. There is accumulating evidence from research and practice of the importance of supervision. Studies have shown that good supervision is associated with job satisfaction, commitment to the organisation, staff retention and employees’ perceptions of the support they receive from their employers (Carpenter et al 2012). In addition, employer’s need a forum where the quality of practice can be scrutinised, staff’s development needs explored and workers given the opportunity to: * Explore the emotional impact of the work. * Manage anxiety. * Consider how their own biases and beliefs may be affecting practice. * Reflect on the dynamic of the interaction between themselves and those using services. * Develop their own interpersonal skills. * Use their intellectual capabilities to form professional judgements, decisions and plans. It is believed that a whole system approach is necessary for the delivery of effective supervision with senior managers engaged in establishing the supervision culture and expressing this through a clear policy statement which includes a clear commitment to delivering effective supervision throughout the organisation. An important part of this approach is ongoing development opportunities for supervisors and regular opportunities for them to reflect on their practice. There are a number of different approaches and models to consider when supervising others.

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