The RCSLT has developed information to provide members with an accessible, comprehensive and well evidenced resource in the area of supervision.

This resource is for the speech and language therapy profession at all levels (i.e. students, assistants, newly-qualified practitioners (NQPs) through to senior managers) across all contexts.

Understanding supervision


Supervision is the formal arrangement that enables an SLT or assistant practitioner to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced and qualified. It's an essential component of a good quality speech and language therapy service that is able to respond to service users, identify and manage risk.

Supervision and support is vital throughout your career. It's important to know what you should expect from supervision and how to access the support you require.

There are a wide variety of terms applied to the activity of supervision in health and social care, the terms used may overlap or vary depending on your employer. For the purpose of these webpages we'll use the terms managerial supervision and professional supervision to distinguish between two different types of supervision:

1.   Managerial supervision: to refer to ‘line management’ supervision.
2.   Professional supervision: to refer to ‘clinical’, ‘personal’ and ‘practice’ supervision.

Professional support is the over-arching, umbrella term used to refer to a wide range of learning opportunities that provide access to advice and/or support. It's typically more ad hoc and informal than supervision.

Other relevant sections on the RCSLT website

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