|The importance of effective supervision has been highlighted in regional critical incident inquiries such as the Lewis Review in 2003, Murtagh Review in 2005, McCleery Report in 2006 and O’Neill Inquiry in 20084. Recommendations from these reviews supported the implementation and maintenance of robust supervision processes for safe and effective care delivery.|
Supervision processes have also been recognised as a method of improving organisational recruitment and retention of nursing staff and have an established association with job satisfaction, increased autonomy and reduced absenteeism5.
The Quality Standards for Health and Social Care (DHSSPS 2006) recommend that an effective system for supervision across health and care can help organisations meet each of the clinical and social care governance standards.
The Review of Clinical Supervision for Nursing in the HPSS 2006 carried out by the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council (NIPEC) on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), reported on the extent and nature of supervision activity across the eighteen Trusts in Northern Ireland. The final report recommended action in order to enhance and promote professional supervision for nursing in Trusts throughout Northern Ireland.