Can restorative clinical supervision positively impact the psychological safety of midwives and nurses?
Restorative clinical supervision (RCS) and the introduction of professional midwife and nurse advocates (PMAs/PNAs) have gained validation and momentum since the process was introduced via the A–Equip (Advocating and Educating for Quality Improvement) model for midwifery supervision and support (NHS England, 2017; 2018).
The RCS model is multifunctional and has been identified has having widespread benefits for both those providing health care and those using services (NHS England, 2017; Hunter et al, 2019; Saab et al, 2021; Whatley et al, 2021).
The delivery of health care is not always high quality, with reports highlighting failings and poor patient experiences and outcomes. The implications of poor quality and unsafe care can be devastating and the consequences have a detrimental impact on multiple stakeholders in many contexts (Kennedy, 2001; Francis, 2013; Kirkup, 2015; Care Quality Commission, 2018; 2019; Ockenden, 2022).
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