Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A guide for the helping professions.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Copeland, Janet
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A guide for the helping professions (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Davvys, A; Beddoe, L
Accession Number: 263880358
Full Text: Best Practice in Professional Supervision: A guide for the helping professions A Davvys and L Beddoe 2010. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN: 978-1-85302-853-3. Soft cover 256 pages. Recommended retail price $NZ 57.00

This book is written for health care professionals, particularly nurses and allied health. It discusses the value and supportive function of supervision, the problems that can exist in implementing supervision, and gives suggestions and examples for overcoming these problems. The authors are both New Zealanders which gives them an understanding of the New Zealand environment and organisational structures. Supervision is seen by the authors as a structured form of reflective practice where the practitioner can evaluate their practice and develop in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

The book provides details on the development of supervision which originated with psychiatric nurses in the 1940's, where it was thought essential for the safety of the patients and nurses. Chapter Two explores the evolving models of supervision in professional practice; the core supervision framework is seen as having three functions: administrative, educative and supportive, and this model is well represented by the use of diagrams. The authors discuss the tensions that can exist in this framework: such as the tensions between managing service delivery whilst continuing to facilitate professional development. In smaller organisations, for example private physiotherapy practices, these tensions can be more evident because of the economic needs to manage service delivery.

Further chapters focus on forming and maintaining the supervision relationship and the responsibilities of both parties for the relationship to be effective. There is an emphasis on adult learning principles and a chapter is devoted to reflective learning as a core component of a successful supervision relationship. Another chapter of particular relevance to physiotherapy is: Supervising Students in Clinical Placements. Increasingly physiotherapists within hospitals and private practices are becoming involved in the education of our students and this chapter provides useful information on the responsibilities of both parties to create a successful placement. Throughout the book good use is made of vignettes which, although not based on physiotherapy practice, provide scenarios that physiotherapists can easily identify with.

Supervision is an established part of physiotherapy practice within the public hospital system in New Zealand. There is a need for this to be extended into private practices. The book provides useful guidance on how this can be achieved and how the tensions can be managed.

Janet Copeland

Research and Policy Advisor

Physiotherapy New Zealand
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