The establishment and value of peer group clinical supervision: A qualitative study of stakeholders' perspectives

DOODY, Owen, O'DONNELL, Claire, MURPHY, Louise, TURNER, James and MARKEY, Kathleen (2024). The establishment and value of peer group clinical supervision: A qualitative study of stakeholders' perspectives. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

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Aims: Explore perspectives of steering group members and external clinical supervision facilitators of developing and establishing peer group clinical supervision. Background: The climate of healthcare is complex which can lead to staff burnout and challenges to practice. Clinical supervision is suggested as an approach to managing and leadership of such complexities. Design: Qualitative descriptive. Methods: Focus group interviews with 19 members of the peer group clinical supervision steering groups and individual interviews with five external clinical supervision facilitators from the Western region of Ireland were conducted. Data analysis followed Elo and Kyngäs' content analysis method, involving preparation, organising and reporting, to extract meaning and identify patterns from the qualitative data collected. Results: Developing peer group clinical supervision practice requires, clarity of purpose and function that address the pros and cons of clinical supervision. Organisational leadership is required to support and release staff for peer group clinical supervision and peer group clinical supervisors need to be credible and have a level of expertise in practice. When prepared and supported, the aspects of confidence, leadership, personal development and resilience develop. Conclusion: Peer group clinical supervisors need training and ongoing continual professional development for their role, scope of practice and responsibilities. Sustainability rests on staff awareness and familiarity with the purpose and format of peer group clinical supervision and the regularity of sessions. Implications for the profession and/or patient care: Peer group clinical supervision is a means of supporting improvement of patient care delivery while in parallel supporting personal and professional development of staff, building resilience in the workplace. Impact: This study explored the implementation of peer group clinical supervision for staff across nursing and midwifery disciplines. It found that implementing peer group clinical supervision had a positive impact on staff well‐being and morality and on patient care delivery. These findings influence healthcare service providers in implementing peer group clinical supervision in a sustainable way enabling nurses to continue working in complex healthcare environments delivering safe person‐centred care. Reporting method: The qualitative reporting guidelines Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SRQR) were followed. Patient or public contribution: Patient/public involvement was addressed in this study by staff, managers, planners, directors, leaders and educationalists being involved at all stages of the study (concept, design, analysis and reporting).

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Wiley via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for VoR version of this article: **Journal IDs: issn 0962-1067; issn 1365-2702 **Article IDs: publisher-id: jocn17315; society-id: jcn-2023-2067.r1 **History: published_online 04-06-2024; accepted 20-05-2024; rev-recd 10-05-2024; submitted 14-07-2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal development, professional development, implementation, retention, peer group clinical supervision
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Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2024 15:38
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