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Ensuring delivery of safe, quality service


Clinical supervision is seen as essential in enabling you to adhere to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of best practice.

Your employers have a duty to support you in safe delivery of care and in your nursing revalidation process. Read the NMC Code by clicking here.

The Children’s Workforce Development Council describes supervision as:

an accountable process which supports, assures and develops the knowledge skills and values of an individual, group or team.

Clinical supervision has benefits for nurses, nursing, patients and service users, carers and also the organisational culture, reflecting the values and behaviours of the organisation and its staff. It is also linked to good clinical governance. Clinical supervision functions as an emotionally safe space that, in turn, promotes critical reflection and has a positive impact on nurses’ emotional well-being. Clinical supervision provides a strategy to mitigate nurses’ workplace stress and enhance retention.

Clinical supervision can help staff to manage the personal and professional demands created by the nature of their work. It provides an environment in which staff can: explore their own personal and emotional reactions to their work; reflect on and challenge their own practice in a safe and confidential environment as well as receive feedback on their skills; and engage in professional development, identify developmental needs and support revalidation. (RCN 2021)


Safeguarding supervision is described by the RCN as:

An essential means of providing professional support and guidance for safeguarding practitioners. The requirement to provide Safeguarding Children/Adults supervision and support is well documented in many serious case review reports and in policy guidance including the Laming Reports (2003 &2009), Munro review (2011), The Intercollegiate Document (2019), Safeguarding Adults: Roles and Competencies for health care staff –Intercollegiate Document (2019) and the Children Act 1989.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council describe the safeguarding of children and young people as:

13: Safeguarding means protecting people from harm including physical, emotional, sexual and financial harm and neglect.

14: Safeguarding children means to:

– protect children from abuse and maltreatment

– prevent harm to children’s health or development

14.3: Ensure children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care.

14.4: Take action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcomes.

Read the NMC’s safeguarding policy by clicking here.


The NMC describes revalidation as:

Revalidation is the process that all nurses and midwives in the UK and nursing associates in England need to follow to maintain their registration with the NMC. To help you continually develop and reflect on your practice, we ask you to revalidate every three years. This process encourages you to reflect on the role of the Code in your practice and demonstrate that you are ‘living’ the standards set out within it.

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