Allied health professions (AHP) support and supervision

Scotland’s Position Statement on supervision for Allied Health Professions (2018) states that all AHP practitioners, irrespective of their level of practice or experience, should have access to, and be prepared to make constructive use of supervision.

The changing focus of supervision:

The role for supervision in health and social care is especially important at present given:

  • Changing and extended roles, and uncertainties 

  • Higher levels of stress  

  • The benefits of engaging in supervision and reflection 

  • Predicted need for more hours of supervision in the context of remote delivery of both treatment and supervision.  

This short video provides a brief introduction to AHP Support and Supervision in the context of COVID. We hear from two our AHP practice Education Leads, Ruth Paterson (NHS Lanarkshire) and Jane Dudgeon (NHS GGC and Golden Jubilee) who discuss the key principles of AHP Support and Supervision, the relevance of the four components of supervision and considerations of how we access supervision in the context of COVID-19.

At this time the restorative components of supervision should be prioritised. Restorative factors are an important component of Supervision for all health professionals. Please refer to pages 7 to 9 of Unit 1 of the Clinical Supervision for NMAHPs resource on TURAS Learn.  

The following short videos provide examples from practice, which highlight how services, and individuals, have adapted how they participate in supervision in the context of COVID-19: