Dietitians and supervision: should we be doing more?
As the role of the dietitian has expanded over recent years, many are becoming increasingly involved in the care and management of vulnerable individuals, both alone and as part of multidisciplinary teams. This raises an important question – how are we as a profession managing
our changing role in the health care setting? The advent of Clinical Governance means there is a need for dietitians to join the debate on the issue of supervision, which has been raging in the nursing and other health professions over recent years. This article attempts to define the terms
supervision and clinical supervision both globally and in the context of dietetics, to describe models of clinical supervision being used in other professional groups and to put forward a framework for addressing whether there is a need for clinical supervision in all areas of dietetic practice.
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Document Type: Commentary
Dietetic Department, Faculty of Health and Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3HE;
Professional Affairs Officer, British Dietetic Association, 5th Floor, Elizabeth House, 22 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1LS, UK
Publication date: 2000-10-01