Clinical supervision brings practitioners and skilled supervisors together to reflect on clinical practice with the aim of identifying solutions to problems, improve practice and increase understanding of professional issues.
All clinical staff should be familiar with the Clinical Supervision Policy and Procedure, which can be found in the policies and procedures library.
How often should I have clinical supervision?
The minimum frequency for receiving formal clinical supervision is as advised within your profession-specific guidelines and codes of conduct, however where a timeframe is not specified by a regulatory body, the Trust's position is that the minimum frequency for receiving formal clinical supervision is once every three months.
MySupervision is the Mid Mersey system which allows you to capture your clinical supervision sessions. The system has been developed to make recording easier for you and also provide robust evidence that clinical supervision is taking place.The system is easy-to-use and can be accessed simply by clicking the MySupervision icon on your desktop or by clicking the button below:
Some key points about the system:
- It is set up so you have an individual clinical supervisor, however you can have supervision from other clinical staff (on a one-to-one or in a group)
- If you are supervisor, it will show the staff you are allocated as a clinical supervisor when you log-in
- If you are being supervised, the supervisor logs into the system and makes the record. This ensures that the supervision is logged into the system. As the supervisee, you can add your own comments when you log into your individual account. Once supervisions are recorded and saved, the system generates an automatic email to the supervisee to advise the record has been created and you would then need to go into the system and validate the record – this is when you can add your own comments
- The system is set up to flag up if you are overdue supervision. The minimum expectation for clinical supervision is once every 12 weeks. Some staff may access much more than this, and this will be dependent on your role and individual needs
- The system is accessible from your PC, laptop or mobile device or tablet
We have produced a series of frequently asked questions to help you use the system. However if you have any unanswered questions or issues using the system, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any technical issues, such as being unable to access the system, please contact the IT Helpdesk.
When you log into the system and create a supervision record you will be asked to select a supervision type:
One-to-one clinical supervision
This is formal and takes place between two members of staff with the supervisor usually being senior to the supervisee.
Peer/group clinical supervision
This is formal and takes place with more than two staff members who may or may not be of the same profession
External clinical supervision
This is formal and is when a staff member accesses clinical supervision (either one-to-one or group/peer) from outside of the organisation
This is informal and the option to pick if you wish to record any personal reflections from any kind of clinical activity/professional activity you undertake. This isn't counted as formal supervision and does not count towards the once every 12 week expectation
If you select one-to-one clinical supervision or peer/group clinical supervision, you will then be prompted to select the approach to be taken:
- Case supervision
- Structured reflection
- Evidence based learning
- Wellbeing support - this is informal and the option to select if you wish to capture the offer of post incident support of any kind. This isn't counted as formal supervision and does not count towards the once every 12 week expectation of formal clinical supervision.
As a supervisor you can facilitate the clinical supervision session using the approaches shared.