A new approach to team clinical supervision on an acute admissions unit
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A new approach to team clinical supervision on an acute admissions unit

Josie Anne Tuck Clinical team leader, Acute Admissions Unit, St Ann’s Hospital, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset, England

Clinical supervision is an essential element of caregiving, but it has not yet been incorporated into daily nursing practice. This article describes a new approach to team clinical supervision on an acute admissions unit. The challenge was to devise a format that would meet the functions of Proctor’s model of supervision, meet the expectations of the team and limit the effect on clinical time – a combination of daily 20-minute sessions and a weekly one-hour session. Emphasis was placed on the use of validation, problem solving and acquisition of skills by staff. The qualitative feedback from staff indicated that the team clinical supervision sessions were highly valued and informative. Staff felt both supported and empowered. Although there was no significant reduction in rates of sickness and absence, the use of this model increased access to supervision for staff on a more frequent basis. However, for staff working unsocial hours there is an absence of accessible clinical supervision, which needs further attention.

Mental Health Practice. 20, 5, 24-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1122



Peer review

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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 21 September 2015

Accepted: 07 June 2016

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