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Clinical supervision is often sacrificed on busy wards but holding sessions over lunch can mean time is protected and the process more relaxed, but still beneficial
Nursing Times; online issue 9: 5-6.
Clinical supervision is a formal, planned process of supported reflective learning. It is particularly valuable in acute mental health environments, where staff nurses face significant, ongoing challenges and can benefit from support and a space to process emotions. Despite the value some nurses place on clinical supervision, protecting time to ensure it takes place can be difficult - often due to staffing levels and much clinical activity. This article outlines an innovative approach that ensures time for clinical supervision is protected using staff lunch breaks.