Clinical supervision

Supervision is a process by which one person (internal or external) is given responsibility by their organisation to work with another in order to meet their organisational, professional and personal objectives, which together promote the best outcomes.

These objectives and functions are:

  • Competent accountable performance (managerial function)
  • Continuing CPD (development/formative function)
  • Personal support (supportive function)
  • Engaging the individual within the organisation (mediation function).

The focus is on the professional development of the supervisee rather than the client and is based on supervisee needs. Clinical supervision is most commonly used in health services for the support of nurses and is valuable for revalidation. It covers the following:

  • Normative: managerial aspects concerning practice, learning and core mandatory training
  • Formative: educational aspects: developing knowledge and skills in professional development and self-reflection
  • Restorative: supportive aspects, including personal development, improving stress management and mitigating burnout.

Recommended content of sessions includes:

  • Current supervisee concerns, worries
  • Innovation/service development
  • Professional issues
  • Topical events
  • New/changed policy and implications on practice
  • New/updated learning from research
  • Learning lessons from national reviews
  • Reflection.

Hieda offers supervision for nurses in two formats:

  • 121 supervision (up to one hour monthly for 12 months): One-to-one supervision is widely used and the supervisor is usually the supervisee’s line manager. Sessions are formally pre-arranged and take place in a confidential setting and protected place. As with all forms of supervision, developing people with a specific focus on achieving better outcomes for individuals who use services and their carers should be at the centre of the process.
  • Group supervision (up to one hour monthly for 12 months): Group supervision is facilitator-led via a formal, prearranged process that is agreed by the supervisor and supervisees. The makeup of the group depends on the goals of the supervision. Group supervision is a complement to, rather than substitute for, one-to- one supervision, though it may reduce the frequency with which one-to-one supervision is needed. Group supervision involves the use of a group setting to enable members to reflect on their work. By pooling skills, experience and knowledge, the aim of the session is to improve the skills and capability of both individuals and the group. The goal of the session may be to solve problems, plan work and set priorities, learn from others or make decisions.

Contracts can be tailored depending on your own individual needs and requirements and prices are available on application. For more information on supervision from Hieda, including costs, please fill in the form below or email us at