Supervision & Communities of Practice

Recruitment

NHS England have recently published a range of resources to support PCNs, managers and supervisors in the recruitment and development of new & additional roles in primary care.


Communities of Practice & Peer Support

Devon Training Hub can signpost you to role-specific support networks and peer learning groups in Devon and the South West. Many are run as virtual groups, with regular online meetings. See below for the latest list of current groups, or you can email us at devon.traininghub@nhs.net for more information.


Supervision

Devon Training Hub have recently produced a summary guide covering the supervision of all roles including GPs, Nurses, Non-Medical Prescribers, Advanced Practitioners and new roles funded through the ARRS scheme.

The guide contains the latest information on supervision requirements for each role, which team members of the team can supervise them,  & details of training requirements & CPD opportunities for supervisors, and will be updated regularly.


Devon Supervisors Group

Anyone supervising a First Contact Practitioner through the FCP Roadmap can also join the Devon supervisors group, which meets online every 4-6 weeks to share information and discuss cases. Contact clare.cambray@nhs.net to be added to the mailing list.


Supervision of Primary Care Roles

Key Information

What is Supervision in healthcare?

Supervision has many definitions across healthcare, with individual professions and regulators often having their own interpretations. 

Supervision is key in developing safe and effective practitioners whilst promoting patient and practitioner safety. 

The provision of all supervision is the responsibility of the employer. Clinical supervision is often referenced within the context of new/emerging/training roles or in a new clinical setting. However, regular supervision is essential as an on-going process within the workplace setting and includes feedback to ensure patient and practitioner safety and wellbeing. 

Clinical supervision should help to build confidence in making capable, clinical reasoning decisions through critical thinking in person centred care from diagnosis, treatment and continuing management.’ (Centre for Advancing Practice, 2022) 

‘Pront, Gillham, and Schuwirth (2016) identified four domains of supervisor competencies: 

  • To partner: establish a learning relationship through communication, trust and respect, identifying boundaries for learning and practice.
  • To nurture: as a learning advocate, transition the learner into the clinical setting and facilitate socialisation into the professional culture and health team.
  • To enable: promote and support learning opportunities for learner engagement within individual established boundaries.
  • To facilitate meaning: promote understanding through problem solving, reflection and feedback and to foster a professional way of knowing and being.  

Proctor has also suggested a model of what Supervision encompasses:

Proctor’s model of clinical supervision (Proctor, 2008)

What are the supervision requirements for each role?

Devon Training Hub have recently produced a summary guide covering the supervision of all roles including GPs, Nurses, Non-Medical Prescribers, Advanced Practitioners and new roles funded through the ARRS scheme.

The guide contains the latest information on supervision requirements for each role, which team members of the team can supervise them,  & details of training requirements & CPD opportunities for supervisors.

Devon Supervisors Group

Anyone supervising a First Contact Practitioner through the FCP Roadmap can also join the Devon supervisors group, which meets online every 4-6 weeks to share information and discuss cases. Contact clare.cambray@nhs.net to be added to the mailing list.

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