One of the best ways to build your confidence in your work performance is to seek professional or clinical supervision. High quality supervision will ensure that you and your manager are ‘on the same page’ and guide your development. When you first start in your role it will help you to become orientated more quickly to the position and help you to understand what’s expected of you. As you settle into your role, professional and clinical supervision provides support, builds on your strengths and develops the areas that challenge you.

At a basic level supervision can be a used to ensure that your work is at a suitable standard to ‘pass probation’ or to renew a contract. However, it can also be much more. Supervision can provide an opportunity to formally reflect on your strengths, pinpoint areas for development, and discuss strategies (and budget) to address your needs. A committed manager will provide feedback to promote your growth and development as a professional.

Most workplaces will have a formal performance management process, which will include clinical and professional supervision. If your workplace doesn’t have a formal process, discuss this with your manager. Ask for regular appointments, particularly during your formal orientation and in the first year of your position.

If your manager is ‘off-site’, or in the case of clinical supervision not of your discipline, alternatives, such as teleconferencing or internet technologies such as Skype may be appropriate forums to schedule protected discussion time to reflect on your performance and to ask for assistance with challenges. Refer to our Telehealth page for more information. If your manager is unable to provide supervision, think about other ways you can access supervisory support. Possible sources include: 

  • Your work team
  • Other local peers / colleagues
  • Videoconference / teleconference contact with professionals outside of your town.


Supervision and You

  • Is there are performance management process, including clinical and professional supervision within your workplace?
  • If so, are you receiving and making the most of the supervision process?
  • If not, where can you seek appropriate supervision?
  • How can good supervision influence your development?


Useful Resources

  • Lake F, Ryan G. Teaching on the run tips 2: Educational guides for teaching in a clinical setting. Medical Journal of Australia, vol 180, iss 10, pp. 527-528; 2004.
  • Adult Learning Australia.