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Group Supervision of Midwives

When?  Last Friday of every month @ 6pm

Where? Day Surgery Seminar Room

There are different ways that a Supervisor of Midwives (SoM) can help midwives to review their practice and identify their individual training needs. A SoM has the knowledge and skills to support midwives to evaluate their practice and help them to identify areas for their own development and learning. Reflecting on practice issues with other midwives in a supportive, group environment can be an effective way of achieving similar objectives that could be gained from an individual supervisory meeting with your named SoM, however meeting in a group can have added benefits. See the questions and answers below to explain more about group supervision of midwives and how it could help you.

 

Q.        It is sometimes difficult for me to meet up with my named SoM for my annual review meeting; do I have to have a meeting with her every year?

A.         Yes, to achieve the current NMC requirements, you do need to meet with a SoM at least annually, however the midwives rules do not stipulate what format the meeting has to take.

 

Q.        If I attend a group supervision of midwives meeting which is led by another SoM and not my named one, does this still count as my annual review?

A.         Yes, provided you record your attendance and obtain the signature of the facilitating SoM, it still counts as your supervisory review; this does not have to be your named SoM.

 

Q.        If I attend a group supervision of midwives meeting, can I still meet with my own named SoM?

A.         Yes, you can always meet up with your named SoM. Following a group supervision of midwives meeting, you will need to submit your completed action plan to your named SoM and you can always discuss further issues with her/him if you need to.

 

Q.        What happens during a group supervision of midwives meeting and is there any preparation necessary?

A.         Midwives are invited to attend a group supervision of midwives meeting (meetings normally last about an 1 hr). The SoM who is leading the group supervision of midwives meeting will often invite a member of the group to share a recent practise issue for reflection with everyone and this forms the basis of a professional discussion. The SoM helps the group to identify key issues which are explored together to help each member identify their own learning needs, these are then summarised into your individual action plan.

 

Q.        What happens after a group supervision of midwives meeting?

A.         Time is allocated towards the end of the group supervision of midwives meeting for midwives to complete their own individual action plan to identify how they are going to address the issues arising from the discussion. Their action plan is agreed with the facilitating SoM. You must give a copy of this to your named SoM within 3 weeks of attending the group supervision of midwives meeting. Your named SoM will upload your action plan on to the Local Supervision Authority database, as a record of your supervisory review meeting. You must retain the original supervisory action plan for your portfolio so that you can review your progress with meeting your agreed actions.

 

Q.        If I attend a group supervision of midwives meeting, can I include the date of the group supervision of midwives meeting as the date of my last supervisory review meeting on my Intention to practise form (ITP)?

A.         Yes, attending a group supervision of midwives meeting will equate to an individual supervisory review meeting, although you can always still access your named SoM anytime for support and advice.

 

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