Allied health clinical supervision: An opportunity lost

Nicky Baker, Jill Garner, Liz Kapur, Belinda Lange

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This study investigated clinical supervision with Allied Health professionals in a public health setting. Staff perceptions and experiences were explored through focus group discussions. Key themes identified that supervisees “tip-toe into complexity” by engaging in reflective practice for incremental personal and professional development. In contrast, supervisors identified that reflexivity was required for the opportunity to “develop at a deeper level”. Offering a choice of supervisor and providing supervisor training enhanced supervision experiences. Challenges to effective supervision were identified. Competing priorities, inconsistent modes of delivery, major organisational change and the role of clinical supervision in line with professional development confounded the experiences. Health managers could improve the processes and outcomes by implementing consistency with approach, timing, documentation, language, and structure of Clinical Supervision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-108
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Services Management Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • Allied Health
  • clinical governance
  • qualitative
  • supervision


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