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Reflective Supervision


Welcome to the microsite for Reflective Supervision. The purpose of the microsite is to present:

  • The background to development of the Reflective Supervision Framework
  • Key messages underpinning Reflective Supervision
  • Elements of Reflective Supervision
  • The Framework for Reflective Supervision
  • A range of tools and resources to assist nurses and midwives when participating in Reflective Supervision

Background and Context

The Central Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (CNMAC) on 10  June 2016 agreed to take forward work to explore the potential of the development of a Nursing and Midwifery Supervision Framework for Northern Ireland that could be positioned under one policy directive. The work recognised that nursing and midwifery are two separate professions along with  legislative changes to the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 order which removed the statutory supervision of Midwives on 31 March 2017.

Reporting to a Programme Board three task and finish groups for nursing, midwifery and safeguarding children, with individual objectives related to their area of supervision were set up to ensure that the unique circumstances and requirements across nursing and midwifery areas of practice were recognised.

The model of safeguarding supervision was recognised as being different, as it was primarily about safeguarding the interests of the child, yet similarly underpinned with the standards and processes for nursing and midwifery supervision. The Reflective Supervision Framework diagram presents this in pictorial form in Figure 2.

The Groups facilitated work to scope existing arrangements, considered the implications of revalidation and made recommendations for the future within an overarching Reflective Supervision Framework.

The Reflective Supervision Framework has been co-produced based on the work and evidence provided through the three sub groups.