Welcome to the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Clinical Supervision Program.
Clinical Supervision is a working alliance between a Supervisor and one or more clinician/s (Supervisee) that takes place in planned, regular meetings (protected time) within a secure and confidential environment. Staff have an opportunity to critically reflect on professional issues brought to the session by the Supervisee/s. Content for discussion may include issues that arise in interactions with patients, their families and staff, exposure to traumatic events at work, professional boundary issues and challenges of working in a large institution. It is different from therapy, performance management and line management.
Clinical Supervision sessions may be conducted in groups or with individual staff depending on the situation.
Participation in the WSLHD Clinical Supervision is a voluntary professional development opportunity and is a positive experience.
What does Clinical Supervision involve?
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the success of the Clinical Supervision Program in WSLHD. The relationship between the Supervisor and Supervisees is based on trust and openness and is completely separate from your line management, however, confidentiality must remain within legal and ethical boundaries.
These legal and ethical boundaries include circumstances where an issue is identified during Clinical Supervision which requires escalation. The issues disclosed may be a breach of professional standards/ code of conduct; concerns of risk of harm to self or others; or mandatory reporting requirements. The Clinical Supervisor will work alongside the Supervisee and follow the correct escalation pathway to manage the issue/concern.
The Clinical Supervision Program is open to all Nursing and Midwifery staff across WSLHD regardless of your role, area of specialisation or years of experience.
- The first step is to discuss your interest in participating in the program with your manager
- Complete the Supervisee Nomination Form (located on this site, Education Portal, WSLHD)
- Send the completed signed form to WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au
- You will receive an email with contact details of your Clinical Supervisor to arrange your first session.
- If you are interested in undertaking Clinical Supervision with 4 – 6 of your colleagues or someone known to you, please include this information on the Nomination Form.
Groups will consist of approximately 4- 6 people, comprising of nurses/ midwives from across the LHD. The group will either be a collection of colleagues who have identified their common interest in participating in Clinical Supervision together, or a selection of staff from across the LHD who are compatible and interested in experiencing Clinical Supervision.
The Supervisor and the Supervisee(s) need to mutually agree to form a group. In instances where the group members/ Supervisor experience disharmony, changes to the membership of the alliance will be arranged by contacting the Clinical Supervision Program Coordinator at the email address below.
Individual Clinical Supervision (1:1) will be arranged as required/where deemed appropriate. This will be based on individual circumstances and where Clinical Supervisor capacity is available.
Any concerns should be emailed to WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au
The groups will aim to meet, as a minimum, for one hour on a monthly basis in a location that is separate from the Supervisee’s work space (i.e. away from the ward or clinical environment).
The frequency of the meetings is flexible dependent upon the availability of the Supervisor and the need of the Supervisees.
Clinical Supervision meetings should take place at a time that is mutually agreed upon between the Supervisee and their Manager. Handover cross over periods, in environments where they occur, would be suitable.
In some cases, a Supervisee many need some 1:1 sessions in addition to the group Clinical Supervision sessions. This will be organised according to the availability of the Supervisor or discussion with the Program Coordinator (WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au).
Clinical Supervisors must have attended an approved Clinical Supervision training program recognised by WSLHD.
The WSLHD Clinical Supervision Training Program will be conducted every 1- 2 months in 2020 at various locations across the LHD. Upcoming dates for training courses may be found on this page. Application for the courses is available via My Health Learning following approval by your Manager. A commitment to completing the pre reading and course preparation prior to commencing is essential. It is assumed that by agreeing to become a Clinical Supervisor, you have discussed the expectations of the role with your Manager and are fully supported to provide Clinical Supervision for 2 hours per month.
The course duration is 3 full days and includes theory, application of the Clinical Supervision Model, Communication Skills, Group Facilitation Skills, practice of Clinical Supervision for 1:1 and groups. Accreditation as a WLSHD Clinical Supervisor will be obtained upon meeting the assessment requirements.
If you have any questions regarding the WSLHD Clinical Supervision Program, please send an email to: WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au.
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Please note you will need to be a WSLHD staff member enrolled in this course to access the material.
Mentoring Sessions with Philip Armstrong* - Clinical Supervision for WSLHD Clinical Supervisors
Philip Armstrong, an independent Clinical Supervisor, will provide mentoring sessions/ Clinical Supervision for the Clinical Supervisors who have received training through the WSLHD Clinical Supervision Training Program. These hour long sessions are held once a month at both Blacktown and Westmead. If you are unable to attend face to face, please contact Jane at WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au for video conferencing access details. You only need your mobile phone to join in the video conferencing.
Bookings are via MHL: CSK14538 or by email WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au
*or his representative.
Community of Practice
These one hour sessions are held every month at both
Blacktown and Westmead Hospital (location details below). Each session
will build your skills in conducting clinical supervision sessions by enabling
you to share your experience and troubleshoot issues that may arise.
Experienced Clinical Supervisors will be guest facilitators at most sessions.
It is an opportunity for you to network with the other clinical supervisors in
the district and to help each other by sharing the highs and lows whilst
building your confidence.
If you are unable to attend face to face, please contact
Jane at WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au
for video conferencing details. Remotely accessing the session will enable you
to actively participate in the session.
Bookings on MHL: CSK14538 or by email WSLHD-ClinicalSupervision@health.nsw.gov.au.