When selecting a clinical supervisor, ensure they meet the core competencies of the National Clinical Supervision Competency Resource. The three things to assess against are:
- clinical supervision
- safety and quality in clinical supervision
If the supervision is in a group setting, consider if the supervisor has the attributes to facilitate groups.
From the MCH workforce
Some MCH nurses are trained clinical supervisors. MCH workforces have an opportunity to build capability from within by supporting staff to undertake clinical supervision training.
Word of mouth
Personal recommendations in the local region are a valuable resource. MCH Coordinators could ask other local health services for recommendations of effective clinical supervisors.
The following services may utilise clinical supervision or “secondary consultation”:
- MCH service in neighbouring local governments
- a local social worker or psychologist
- hospitals, particularly mental health or parent infant units
- community health services
- family services organisations
- child and adolescent mental health services
- early parenting services
- complimentary programs such as Child First and Cradle to Kinder
- ask clinical supervision training providers, for past students they would recommend.
Database of supervisors
The following organisations hold a list of supervisors:
For a small workforce, it can be difficult to form a sizeable group. Consider joining or creating a clinical supervision group with other organisations.
Partnerships could form with the local organisations listed above and neighbouring local governments, and be a cost effective, practical and mutually professionally rewarding arrangement.