It would be hard to think of a time when the role of staff supervision was more important in supporting and developing staff to deliver high quality complex services in the context of external regulation, organisational change and budgetary pressures. More than ever staff across health and social care, adult and children's services, statutory and voluntary sectors need credible knowledge, practical frameworks, and road tested tools to maintain reflective supervision in a regulated climate.
In making the supervisory partnership work supervisors and supervisees need to know how supervision can make a vital difference both to staff and to service users. The bond of public trust between professionals and society's most vulnerable members must be anchored in an assurance that their worker is accountable, supported and supervised. No longer therefore is it sufficient to train supervisors alone. There is increasing recognition of the role, responsibility and skills required of the supervisee in being a positive partner in the supervisory alliance and being active in the pursuit of their own professional development.
About the Resources
For over two decades Tony Morrison developed supervisory frameworks and tools, and trained supervisors. The result is a sophisticated but practice-based suite of publications which address the needs of both supervisors and supervisees, and which have been tried and tested across different professional disciplines, organisational settings, and jurisdictions. The suite consists of:
Based on Tony Morrison's Integrated 4x4x4 Model of supervision, the resources provide supervisors, supervisees and trainers with a blend of theory, practical frameworks and tools. At the core of all three publications is the message that supervision is part of the intervention with service users. By drawing on a common model, the publications offer shared language, and practice tools for building and sustaining effective supervisory partnerships between supervisors and practitioners.
- For Supervisors
Staff Supervision in Social Care; Making a Real Different to Staff and Service Users
- For Supervisees
From Strength to Strength: A Guide to preparing supervisees student and trainees and its companion volume:
Making the Most of Supervision in Health and Social Care
The 4x4x4 Model addresses the following key elements: the impact of and links between supervision, practice and outcomes; the four stakeholders for supervision; the four functions of supervision; negotiating a viable supervision agreement; the four parts of the Kolb supervision cycle; facilitating a reflective conversation; the impact of anxiety and organisational culture on supervision; the role of emotion and emotional intelligence in supervision; how to recognise and assist when a worker gets stuck.
Benefits of the resources
Supervision is the worker's most important helping relationship. For too long attention has been focused almost exclusively on the supervisor. The time has now come when an equal attention needs to be focused on assisting the supervisee in being an active and professional partner in this most vital of activities. Only by attending to the needs and skills of both sides of this partnership will true potential of supervision be realised.
Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Those who use this resource
will be able to gain CPD points.
1. Staff Supervision in Social Care
Making a real difference for staff and service users
Bolton Primary Care Trust
This third edition of the best selling Staff Supervision in Social Care offers essential new material as well as updating the existing core material covering the fundamentals of good supervision, group supervision and the emotional impact of the work.
Vital information for: managers, trainers, carers, social workers, nurses, educational support, childcare staff and occupational therapists.
Format: wirobound book (326pp)
Order code AH1
ISBN: 978 1 84196 168 2
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2. Strength to Strength
A facilitator's guide to preparing supervisees, students and trainees for supervision
The pack sets out a practical framework, with detailed learning sessions and comprehensive additional resources, through which the foundations of the supervision partnership can be prepared and developed in ways that will shape, enrich and sustain the individual's use of supervision throughout their career, both as a supervisee and as a future supervisor.
Vital information for: managers, consultants, trainers, carers, social workers and staff development.
Format: ringbound resource including OHP and handout masters (254pp)
Order Code: AH3
ISBN: 978 1 84196 175 0
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3. Making the Most of Supervision in Health and Social Care
A manual for supervisees self development
'A highly recommended read for all.
Jacky Knappman and Tony Morrison
Take the ideas and use them'
Journal of Interprofessional Care
This open learning text has a clear presentation of definitions, purposes and processes involved in supervision, based on the idea of reflective practitioners. There are exercises to help you reflect on, prepare for and assess your supervision, and these can be undertaken in collaboration with your supervisor.
Vital information for: managers, carers, psychologists, trainers, nurses, staff development and social workers.
Format: A4 manual (56pp)
Order code: 09P
ISBN: 978 1 900600 77 4
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