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Across your career, you may be expected to supervise or support colleagues and students. You may also need to delegate work to more junior colleagues. It is important you are able to this safely

Our Standards say:

‘You must only delegate work to someone who has the knowledge, skills and experience needed to carry it out safely and effectively’ (4.1.)

‘You must continue to provide appropriate supervision and support to those you delegate work to’ (4.2.) 

The pages below share our current resources and advice on supervision and delegation, and about what this requirement means for registrants.in practice.

Supervision FAQs

  • The HCPC does not set requirements for supervision.

    We expect registrants to use their professional judgement when determining what level of supervision is appropriate, taking into consideration your level of experience, the setting you work in and your scope of practice.

    You can approach your colleagues, your manager, or your professional body for further advice.

    Your employer may also have specific requirements for supervision, which you should follow.

    You can also use the resources on this page to help assess what level of supervision you think you need.

  • The HCPC does not mandate a set number of hours for supervision.

    This is because this will depend on your particular profession, the setting in which you work and your scope of practice.

    You should consider the resources on this page, our standards and advice from colleagues, your manager, and your professional body to assess the level of supervision you need.

  • It will depend on your scope of practice and your current level of experience with both supervision and the area of practice your colleague is working in.

    We do not set any specific requirements around training for this role, however, as with all areas of practice we would expect you to have the relevant knowledge and skills and training to supervise safely and effectively. This could be through formal training or skills obtained in your role.

    You may be required to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in this area if you are selected for a CPD audit. If unsure, you can approach your manager or your professional body, who will be able to help you identify any training needs and courses, where appropriate.

  • Yes – provided you have the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver supervision in the area of work your colleague practises in.

    We do not set out requirements in this area but would expect you to have the relevant knowledge skills and training to supervise safely and effectively. This could be through formal training or skills obtained in your role.

    However, where you work in a different profession to your supervisee, you may sometimes need to seek advice and support from senior colleagues in your supervisee’s profession from time to time.

  • The Standards of conduct, performance and ethics require registrants to work in partnership with colleagues, sharing their skills, knowledge and experience where appropriate, for the benefit of service users and carers (Standard 2.5).  

    Our definition of colleagues, set out in the glossary of the standards, includes students. We also require someone to provide ‘appropriate supervision and support’ to someone that you have delegated work to (Standard 4.2).

    Therefore, if you are asked to supervise a newly qualified member of staff or student, the general expectation would be that you do this.

    As with any area of practice, you would need to make sure this is part of your scope of practice and that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to do this safely.

    If not, you may need further training or support from your employer to supervise others. You would also need to make sure you are suitably qualified in the area of practice the newly qualified member of staff / student is working in.

    Read our statement on student supervision for more information

  • In the first instance we would always recommend speaking with your supervisor to try and resolve the matter. 

    If, following these discussions, you still have concerns then you should escalate them through the appropriate channels at your place of employment.

    If you have raised your concerns with your supervisor and your employer, and those concerns have not been sufficiently addressed, then you might want to consider finding a new supervisor.

    Your professional body may be able to help facilitate this, outside of your place of work.

    If you have more serious concerns about the conduct of your supervisor, this might also be something you need to raise concerns about. Please read our advice on raising concerns for more information.

Related content

Read our research into effective clinical and peer supervision

In 2019, we commissioned Newcastle University to undertake research into effective clinical and peer supervision.

We will be using the findings from this research to develop further resources for registrants later this year

Page updated on: 24/03/2021
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