Principles of Supervision

Analyse the principles, scope and purpose of professional supervision. Outline the theories and models of professional supervision. 1.1 And 1.2


The end purpose of supervision is to improve quality of work so that staff can meet the outcomes that people who use services want to achieve. Personalisation of social care services means that staff will need support to respond to new ways of working, develop new skills and adapt to different procedures.

All social care workers and managers are required to undergo supervision in order to meet the standards set down by the general social care council. The GSCC code of practice gives a clear directive, which has been set, in order to improve the quality of work delivered and achieve our objectives and outcomes. This will lead to the service users leading an independent and fulfilled life and support staff feeling supported in their role.

From the staff point of view supervision can:

· Enhance patient care

· Encourages clinical effectiveness

· Promotes evidence based practice

· Enhance professional knowledge

· Increase analytical thinking

· Develop reflective skills

· Is a useful system to support continuing professional development

· Increase self-confidence.

From the employers point of view supervision can:

· Enhance staff morale

· Support staff retention

· Complies with government and statutory body agendas

Supervision is a form of experiential learning. Supervision is reflection-on- action, or indeed reflection-in- action to result in reflection-for-action. In the present we consider the past to influence the future.


Supervision is the construction of individualized learning plans for supervisees working with clients. The systematic manner in which supervision is applied is called a “model”. There are 3 types of models which are:

· Developmental models

· Integrative models

· Orientation-specific models

Developmental model

The developmental...