Provision of clinical supervision for staff working in mental health services
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Provision of clinical supervision for staff working in mental health services

Jen Cookson Trainee clinical psychologist, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Graham Sloan Consultant nurse in psychological therapies, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Rebecca Dafters Clinical psychologist, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Andrew Jahoda Professor of learning disabilities, University of Glasgow

Jen Cookson and colleagues assess whether there is a difference between nurses and allied health professionals in adherence to a guideline that promotes best practice

A questionnaire was used to investigate the provision of clinical supervision for nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) working in mental health services. Differences in adherence to the recommendations between mental health nurses and AHPs, and between those working in community and inpatient settings, were also evaluated. Findings suggest that, on the whole, clinical supervision is being implemented in accordance with guideline recommendations. AHPs were more likely than nurses to receive clinical supervision, use a supervision agreement and choose their supervisor. Community nurses were more likely to receive clinical supervision than inpatient nurses.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 7, 29-34. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.04.17.7.29.e910

Correspondence

jen.cookson@aapct.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 July 2013

Accepted: 01 October 2013

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