Supervision

An effective strategy for developing the workforce and improving services.
Supervision is an important component of professional practice development that helps to ensure ethical, quality service provision to service users and tangata whaiora who access health services. Supervision is key to enabling the mental health and addiction workforce to effectively translate new knowledge into practice. 
 
In the mental health and addiction sector it is an expectation that those working in this setting receive some form of supervision. The knowledge and skills of the mental health and addiction workforce are underpinned by Let’s get real (Ministry of Health, 2008, p. 30) which reiterates the need “to understand and engage in supervision”. 
 
Te Pou offers a range of resources to support sustainable, effective supervision processes: 
  • A suite of professional guides for nurses (2017)
    • Te Tirohanga a te Manu - “A bird’s perspective”: Professional Supervision Guide for Nursing Leaders and Managers.
    • Te Tirohanga a te Manu - “A bird’s perspective”: Professional Supervision Guide for Nursing Supervisors.
    • Te Tirohanga a te Manu - “A bird’s perspective”: Professional Supervision Guide for Nursing Supervisees.
  • Mental Health and Addiction Supervision Toolkit for Kaiwhakahaere/Managers (2015). This resource includes samples of templates.
  • Supervision and primary care nursing (2015) 
  • Aronui. Supervision Guide for Addiction Supervisees, Supervisors and Managers (Dapaanz, 2014) 
  • Position paper: The role of supervision in the mental health and addiction support workforce (2013)
  • Professional supervision training: A pilot evaluation in Northland District Health Board (2010)
  • National guideline for the professional supervision of mental health and addiction nurses (2009)