Unit 511

Feb 2014
UNIT 511
511.1 - Understand the purpose of professional supervision in health and social care or children and young people’s work settings
      1.1 - Analyse the principles, scope and purpose of professional supervision

Supervision is practised widely in Health and Social care and also mental health professionals. Supervision involves regular meetings, monitoring and reflecting on performance. There are various principles for example:
Morrison (2005)suggests that there should be underpinning beliefs to supervision, some of which are that:
Staff entitled to the highest standards
Good supervisors bring about change
supervision is about reflection as well as action
supervision is the most important relationship
supervision must attend to both process and content
supervising is a complex and demanding task that requires training
supervisors should be a role model for their staff members.
I agree with Morrison's principles. I make use of these principles during my supervisions with my staff. For example, I agree with the thought that supervision is the most important relationship. It gives an opportunity for both a supervisee and a supervisor to build a mutual relationship build on. It is important to be aware of the roles and the boundaries. It is important for any supervisor to be trained to be able to supervise correctly. If the supervision is not structured, it is less effective it is essential to maintain boundaries and clear expectations of the supervision. Some staff perceives supervision as a form of counselling. In this case, the staff required to be informed about the process and the content of supervision. And again, being a supervisor one acts a role model. It is very true, being a Deputy Manager I acknowledge that my actions and also practice are being judged at all times. Therefore, I always try to set a good example                                       4.4 Supervisions need to be on-going to be as effective as possible...