A best practice approach to staff supervision issues

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|Martin Wigg reflects on legal and practical staff issues| In an earlier article I posed the question of what constitutes best practice and concluded that there was no extant definition. Care homes remain bereft of clarification of what constitutes best practice in respect of staff supervision and all other subjects. The National Minimum Standard 36 states that care staff should receive formal supervision at least six times a year and that supervision covers: all aspects of practice; philosophy of care; and career development needs. (NB The Standards Glossary defines “Staff” as being a “Person working for pay within or from the home, full time, part time, casual or contract” ­ for the purposes of supervision the term “Staff” therefore applies to both qualified nurses and care assistants.) The well known letter from former health minister Jacqui Smith to NCSC chairperson Anne Parker stated that a Standard was not enforceable unless it was directly linked to the Care Home Regulations. In respect of staff super

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