Improvement in the short-term effectiveness of the clinical supervision of physiotherapists who have taken part in a clinical supervision training programme

David A. Snowdon, Jessica Kolic, Nicholas F Taylor

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate change in the effectiveness of clinical supervision of physiotherapists who took part in a clinical supervision training programme. Method: Our pre–post study design used both quantitative and qualitative methods. The programme consisted of three interactive sessions held with physiotherapists from a metropolitan public health network in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The effectiveness of clinical supervision of supervisees was measured using the Manchester Clinical Supervision Scale (MCSS–26). The effectiveness of clinical supervision from the supervisors’ perspective was measured using a clinical supervisor questionnaire. The physiotherapists’ experience of participating in the training programme was then explored in focus groups. Results: A total of 36 physiotherapists participated in the training programme. Twelve weeks later, the physiotherapists (35) reported a moderate improvement in the effectiveness of clinical supervision, with a mean improvement of 5.4 units (95% CI: 2.0, 8.9; p = 0.003) on the MCSS–26 (score range 0–104). After training, a higher proportion of physiotherapists reported receiving effective clinical supervision (97% after vs. 53% before; p = 0.001). In the focus groups, the physiotherapists reported greater flexibility in their approach to clinical supervision and a more effective supervisory relationship. However, difficulty finding time for supervision remained a barrier. Conclusions: Physiotherapists reported an improvement in the effectiveness of clinical supervision after a clinical supervision training programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-380
Number of pages11
JournalPhysiotherapy Canada
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • education
  • education, continuing
  • mentors
  • organization and administration
  • staff development

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