Enhancing the quality of clinical supervision in nursing practice
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Enhancing the quality of clinical supervision in nursing practice

John Driscoll CPD consultant, North Walsham, Norfolk, England
Gemma Stacey Associate professor, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
Karen Harrison-Dening Head of research and publications, Dementia UK, London, England
Cynthia Boyd Clinical supervision coordinator, Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick, Canada
Theresa Shaw Chief executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the role of clinical supervision in continuing professional development (CPD)

  • To be aware of the importance of clinical supervision in supporting nurses’ well-being and their clinical practice

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Clinical supervision has been an aspect of nursing practice in various forms for several years; however, it remains challenging to ensure its widespread implementation across healthcare organisations. There is an increasingly evident need for formalised support in nurses’ busy practice settings, so it is important to improve the quality of clinical supervision in healthcare. This will also assist nurses in providing evidence of their continuing professional development as part of revalidation. This article provides an overview of clinical supervision, outlining its features and functions in healthcare practice. It includes three case studies related to group clinical supervision, discussing how this was implemented in each case and the various methods of group-working that were used.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11228


Driscoll J, Stacey G, Harrison-Dening K et al (2019) Enhancing the quality of clinical supervision in nursing practice. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2019.e11228

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 21 February 2019

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