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Clinical supervision for advanced practitioners

08 April 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 7

Effective clinical supervision is an essential component in the development of advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs). When delivered correctly clinical supervision can be, as Milne and Martin (2019) suggested, a social interaction between supervisor and supervisee where both participants can work through shared decision making, using support and encouragement. The multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England (Health Education England (HEE), 2017) refers to the need for regular constructive clinical supervision to be part of the workforce organisational structure, which will help support and facilitate advanced practice to flourish effectively. This is important as clinical supervision is a structured and, most importantly, protected time that enables learning within the clinical environment to take place (Simpson et al, 2017). The Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidance published in 2013 also indicated that clinical supervision is required to meet three key elements, these being professional, clinical and managerial supervision (CQC, 2013).

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