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Clinical supervision

Please see the following list of authoritative resources on clinical supervision. If you are having any difficulties applying this to your role, please call us.

General guidance

Clinical supervision is an activity that brings skilled supervisors and practitioners together in order to reflect upon their practice. It is a time for you, as a nurse or midwife, to think about your knowledge and skills and how they may be developed to improve care. It has been described as providing education for the nurse and protection for the client. Please see the following guidance:

RCN publication: Clinical Supervision in the Workplace: Guidance for Occupational Health Nurses

Also, read your employer’s policies on clinical supervision. Additional supervision may also be introduced as part of capability processes at your workplace.

Please note that the principles of clinical supervision are closely linked with elements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Revalidation process. Read our guidance on the process here.

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Country specific guidance

England: Department of Health

Northern Ireland: Department of Health

Scotland: NHS Scotland

Wales: Welsh Government

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Page last updated - 25/01/2018