Supervision & Business Support
For clinicians, teachers and small business owners
Supervision is the formal arrangement that enables a clinician to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced and qualified. Supervision is an essential component of a good quality service that is able to identify and manage risk. This is the case for all clinicians, including those practising independently or employed in other contexts.
There are a wide variety of terms applied to the activity of supervision in health and social care and the terms used may overlap or vary depending on your context. The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists uses the terms ‘managerial supervision’ and ‘professional supervision’ to make a distinction between two different types of supervision and differentiate these from professional support:
i. Managerial supervision: provides an opportunity for the SLT to discuss clinical, service-related and wider professional issues. It is carried out by a supervisor with authority and accountability for the supervisee – usually their line manager. This person may or may not have a speech and language therapy background.
ii. Professional supervision: provides an opportunity for the SLT to discuss clinical and other professional issues in a non-judgmental environment, and is usually provided by another speech and language therapist without line management responsibility. This may also be referred to as ‘clinical’, ‘personal’ or ‘practice’ supervision.
iii. Professional support: is the over-arching, umbrella term used to refer to a wide range of learning opportunities – it is typically more ad hoc and informal than supervision.
Working in the private sector, you have to arrange your own supervision, and find someone you trust and has the clinical expertise and counselling abilities to support you.
Working in the NHS, you may want more than is offered, better confidentiality to say what you really feel and more emotional support.
You may be writing EHCP reports and want to explore the impact of your students’ SEND on their Social Emotional Mental Health or vice versa, or guidance on writing SMART targets relating to their SEMH.
Our focus in supporting you is on the Social Emotional Mental Health of your students’ and yourselves
You were trained to teach children but you may find yourself struggling to manage your students behaviour and feel lacking to meet all their special needs. You are on the frontline when it comes to childrens’ education and mental health. Are you getting all the support you need?
Our focus is in supporting you with your daily challenges, understanding some of your more complex students, giving you practical tips and an overall approach to make your teaching easier and more rewarding.
Small Business Owners
You may be an NHS clinician who is thinking of moving into private practice, setting up your caseload or fine tuning your current private practice.
With the global changes brought on by covid, has come a rise in small business owners, looking to follow their passion.
You may be thinking about, or running, a new project in the education or health sector.
Our focus is on meeting you where you are at, helping you find those golden threads that connect your passion to your work, and creating a plan of action to meet your goals.
Information and Terms of Service
I offer managerial and peer supervision and professional support sessions to support you in your clinical practice, teaching or small business
My method is informed by experience and RCSLT guidance: https://www.rcslt.org/members/delivering-quality-services/supervision/supervision-guidance
I provide a safe and confidential space to support you online
I am trained in Listening Partnerships, a technique from Re-Evaluation Counselling, to deeply listen to you and guide you to your good thinking
I am trained in the Neufeld approach which applies to the supervision process
The role of the SuperviseeTo be responsible for your own learning
To reflect on your process
To discuss issues honestly, with an openness to being challenged in a supportive way
To share information to be discussed with Laura in a timely manner, respecting weekends, evenings and public holidays
The role of the SupervisorTo provide a non-judgemental, relaxed and safe space for your reflection
To negotiate and review a supervision contract with you to meet your needs
To hold clear boundaries for confidentiality
To ask questions and promote self-reflection and offer guidance and suggestions as requested
To share my experience, knowledge and skills in a relevant and timely way
To be clear when I do not have the necessary knowledge, skills or position of responsibility to help, and assist in identifying the correct avenue of support
Supervisor records:I keep records of our supervision sessions on a digital case management system called My Therapy Tracker. This includes dates attended / cancelled, your personal contact details and notes to remind me of your work context and themes discussed. I send you my recommendations discussed and any supporting documents in my notes from MTT
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) as a Data Controller.
All supervisee details and correspondence will be stored securely and treated confidentially according to General Data Protection Regulations
When our supervision relationship comes to an end, I will keep records of our supervision sessions for 6 years unless you request that these details are deleted sooner.
Supervisee records:I recommend that you keep a record of each supervision session. This should include your key learning points as well as your thoughts about how this learning will impact on your everyday practice or business.
Issues discussed in supervision will not be discussed outside of these meetings, except in my own personal supervision sessions; your details will be kept anonymous and the information shared will be focussed around my own learning and development as a supervisor
I write my notes on My Therapy Tracker, a secure digital case management system. You will have access to your notes and documents I recommend
I am covered by the insurance policy offered by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This indemnifies all practising members and proven liability arising from professional negligence, breach of professional conduct and damage to property.
Fees & payment
My fee is £75 per hour with email support between consecutive sessions, recommendations made during the session and supporting documents.
Invoices are sent on the day of supervision and are payable within 1 week or before the next session
Cancellation is required 24 hours before your session. No shows or cancellation within 24 hours of your session are chargeable at Laura’s discretion.
Find out if this is right for you
In the first instance we will arrange a time to talk to see if this is a good fit for you. Contact me to schedule a free 30 minute chat to discuss your requirements.