Effective supervision in a variety of settings

Putting effective supervision into practice: Supervision in a variety of settings

Supervision in joint and integrated settings

You may wish to read the core piece of research that links to this guide [2] and from which some of its recommendations have been drawn. The research is based primarily on supervision in joint and integrated team settings. What made a difference to supervisors and supervisees in relation to supervision is highlighted in the recommendations. One key message is that Clear lines of accountability and communication are necessary if different aspects of supervision are delivered by different people. This should ensure that significant information about a particular case is managed appropriately. What is clear also is that supporting effective supervision through the organisation’s culture and through leadership is critical. One way this can be achieved is through effective internal governance both vertically and horizontally through the organisation.

You may wish to consider the following resources that are based on practice in England and Northern Ireland respectively.

Supervision in a changing organisational context

Organisations going through changes should consider that good supervision is even more critical in order to engage, support and quality assure practice. In order to make the most of what seems inevitable, you may wish to see the changes as an opportunity to improve supervision practice and embed it in the culture of the organisation. The work on governance from the bottom to the top of the newly-reformed organisation will be critical because the key outcomes from this work, if done properly, are the empowering of staff, greater understanding of each other’s roles, ownership of the actions relating to each role and improvements in practice and service delivery.

Supervision in outsourced services

There is little if any research in this area. However, all aspects of developing and sustaining good supervision will apply. Accountability will be a key issue and you should consider the work on social care and clinical governance carried out in Northern Ireland and in England. Taking responsibility and ownership of the actions that relate to your role is an important outcome in this work and supervision is a process that can support this.


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Available downloads:

  • Effective supervision in a variety of settings
  • Service user and carer involvement in the supervision of health and social care workers: seminar report
  • Practice enquiry into supervision in a variety of adult care settings where there are health and social care practitioners working together
  • Narrative summary of the evidence review on supervision of social workers and social care workers in a range of settings including integrated settings