What is supervision

Supervision of students is also referred to as precepting, clinical education, clinical facilitation and student mentoring. It can be provided in many forms and by multiple people.

Clinical supervision is9:

the oversight either direct or indirect by a clinical supervisor of professional procedures and/or processes performed by a student or a group of students within a clinical placement for the purpose of guiding, providing feedback on, and assessing personal, professional and educational development in the context of each student’s experience of providing safe, appropriate and high-quality patient care.

The way supervision is structured for any particular placement needs to be determined based on:

  • The health discipline the student is studying (some have specific rules and standards for placements)
  • The students level of experience and competence
  • The students learning objectives for the placement
  • Available capable supervising staff
  • Patient acuity and caseload.

The objectives of supervision include10:

  • Ensuring high quality and safe patient care and treatment
  • Facilitating student learning and the attainment of competencies
  • Assisting to reduce stress for the student on placement
  • Promoting interprofessional learning, collaboration and clinical team building – and making the student feel part of the team
  • Contributing to the supervisors individual learning.