Key points

  • Supervision is critical to the delivery of a high-quality services
  • Supervision has been associated with higher-levels of job satisfaction and staff effectiveness
  • It is the responsibility of an employing organisation to provide support for staff, to enable them to deliver care safely and to an appropriate standard


Here you will find information and resources to help you persuade your employers and colleagues of the need for appropriate supervision. It includes:

  • RCSLT guidance on local influencing
  • Information for employers of speech and language therapists
  • Further information and resources

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

RCSLT guidance on local influencing

Local Influencing

Guidance and resources to enable you to demonstrate to your local stakeholders how you:

  • Deliver their objectives
  • Improve outcomes for them
  • Improve outcomes for people who benefit from speech and language therapy

Information for Employers of Speech and Language Therapists

The following downloadable document is available for employers of speech and language therapists.

Supervision: Information for Employers of Speech and Language Therapists

It covers:

  • What is supervision?
  • Types of supervision
  • What are the benefits of supervision?
  • What are the risks of not accessing supervision?
  • What is my responsibility as an employer?
  • Managerial supervision
    • Who can provide managerial supervision?
    • How much and how often is managerial supervision needed?
  • Professional supervision
    • Who can provide professional supervision?
    • How much and how often is professional supervision needed
  • Professional support
  • Recommendations for employers of newly-qualified practitioners (NQPs)

Further information and resources

Produced following a Channel Islands and Isle of Man Hub event in March 2019 when it was identified that access to appropriate Professional Supervision, particularly for complex cases, is a significant problem due to small service size, low complex patient numbers and geographical isolation. Please contact us with any feedback.

  • Supervision Guidance page includes more detailed information on:
    • Definitions
    • RCSLT recommendations eg frequency, contracts
    • Working with specific challenges
  • Supervision Learning pages, includes:
    • Supervision arrangements for specific groups
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Training and resources
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