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Embedding the Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme

Author Lisa Smith

We are nearly halfway through the Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme. This national programme has been a valuable investment by the Department of Health and Social Care.

It aims to enable and empower those responsible for delivering and overseeing effective supervision within local authorities to deliver and disseminate sustainable learning within their local areas. It includes three days of learning using a ‘Train the Trainer’ approach, combining face-to-face teaching and self-directed study.

With most regions having taken part in their first day of training (with another two days to go) the programme has been packed full of resources. Films have proven to be a particularly popular resource, in terms of explaining the relationship between the various standards and professional requirements, done so eloquently by Gerry Nosowska below.

Gerry Nosowska, Chair of BASW and Research in Practice for Adults outlines the relationship between the Post-Qualifying Standard for Social Work, Knowledge and Skills Statement, Professional Capabilities Framework, Capability Statement and the role of the regulator.

On day two of the programme there are sessions looking at giving feedback to people and in observing supervision. To support these two areas of practice, colleagues in Camden Council have created films that individuals can use to reflect on their own practice, or to use in reflective learning sessions with colleagues. The films provide alternative scenarios to reflect upon and what may be considered as best practice.

Developing practice supervisors – Train the Trainer Practice Supervisor Development Programme (film 1)

Developing practice supervisors – Train the Trainer Practice Supervisor Development Programme (film 2)

Developing practice supervisors – Train the Trainer Practice Supervisor Development Programme (film 3)

Developing practice supervisors – Train the Trainer Practice Supervisor Development Programme (film 4)

Developing practice supervisors – Train the Trainer Practice Supervisor Development Programme (film 5)

Developing practice supervisors – Train the Trainer Practice Supervisor Development Programme (film 6)

I personally found watching the films has made me reflect on how I support my team, with film five having a particular (and uncomfortable) resonance, resulting in me adjusting my own practice. It focuses on a personable supervisor, who is trying to juggle tasks and is somewhat distracted!

I would also like to use this blog as an opportunity to thank Sally Nieman, Shabnam Ahmed and Martin Hampton from Camden Council, your acting skills are outstanding, and I hope people find the films a useful, and sometimes amusing way, to support supervision practice.

We are also working on an open access website to host all of the learning materials to share with the wider adult social care sector. This will be launched during the spring – please lookout for further information.

Submit additional resources and your feedback  

We are keen to gather feedback from people on other films, tools and resources that might be helpful to in supporting practice supervisors. Please contact us with your feedback and ideas via ttsdp@ripfa.org.uk.

If you have been unable to attend the Train the Trainer Supervisor Development Programme within your region, there will be a final cohort that will be open to all, details to be published shortly.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith is an Assistant Director at Research in Practice specialising in adults.