The Development of Guidelines on Clinical Supervision in Clinical Practice Settings

  • Nigel Northcott


This chapter is based upon the experiences of introducing clinical supervision onto an acute medical ward, which was one of the DoH/King’s Fund-supported Nursing Development Units (NDUs). The contextual issues that led to this project being part of the NDU are explored, along with the understanding of clinical supervision that framed the approach used. The scheme of clinical supervision that was agreed upon is identified, along with guidelines on good practice for clinical supervision that arose from the work. A number of the key questions arising from the staff and the response to these are offered as illustrations of some of the concerns and uncertainties that clinical supervision can generate for nurses. The chapter includes limited evaluation of the experiences on the NDU and offers the profession a case study from which to draw conclusions to inform endeavours to introduce clinical supervision elsewhere.


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