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Nursing :Reflection of a case study.

Nursing :Reflection of a case study.

Assignment:  A written Reflection of a case that was discussed in one of the group clinical supervision (2000 words).

Four Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness the professional and leadership relevance of group clinical supervision.
  2. Identify and critically discuss the main themes that emerged from a case or clinical issue discussed in the group and relate these to promoting and developing resilience in care provision                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ( This is the case presented and the themes that came up) Case presented: During one of the group clinical supervision, a female group members presented a case of a male patient in the forensic unit who stalked and killed his partner . It was reported that he liked to stalk women especially when he gets close. The reason she reason she presented this case is to know how she can keep herself and others safe.   Themes: The following are the themes that came during the supervision meeting: Safety, management of self, Shared responsibility, resilience, effective communication, responsibility and cultural competence.
  3. Analyse aspects of their own learning and developing ability to reflect and be reflexive through the process of Mental Health Clinical Supervision and Professional Development.
  4. Critically evaluate own personal and professional development, and articulate their suitability for employment as a registered mental health nurse.

Things to also think about:

  • What literature are you using to support your work ?
  • Why have you selected the literature you have ?
  • What do you think about what the literature says ?


Guide to writing the essay (Things to think about how these skills have developed):


  • Critique different definitions of reflection and how do they apply to the group and your participation in the group.
  • Purpose of reflection– link to practice and theory


  • What has challenged / developed you?


  • How do you give and receive feedback within a group?
  • Theory feedback loops / professional development / clinical practice / adjusting your position dependent upon the feedback.
  • How has your knowledge altered or been enhanced?

            Clinical Supervision

  • definitions
  • Purpose – why should we have clinical supervision?

           Group Clinical Supervision

  • Group theory and communication styles within the group
  • Advantages and disadvantages of being in a group

Note: Ensure you cover the following in your Essay and double check with the learning outcome:

  • Confidentiality must be maintained throughout the assignment.
  • What have you learned by being within supervision – clinically, about yourself, about others / groups, professionals.
  • Concluding with how and why your practice may or may not be altered as a result of being involved in group supervision.
  • Potentially with what you may like to take to supervision in the future to gain better understanding/ wider perspective for you personally.
  • Skills of facilitation techniques and methods of deconstructing and reconstructing, formulating, THINKING TOGETHER about practice.

Readings recomemded:




  1. Bulman C. and Schutz S. (2013) Reflective Practice in Nursing 5th edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.



  1. Cutcliffe JR., Butterworth T and Proctor B (2001) Fundamental Themes in Clinical Supervision London: Routledge.


  1. De Haan E., (2012) Supervision in Action – A Relational Approach to Coaching and Consulting Supervision Berkshire: Open University Press


  1. Freshwater D and Johns C (1998) Transforming Nursing Through Reflective Practice Oxford: Blackwell Science.


  1. Ghaye, T, and Lillyman, S. (2010) Reflection: Principles and Practices for Healthcare Professionals. London: MA Healthcare Ltd


  1. Hawkins P. and Shohet R. (2012) Supervision in the Helping Professions 4th edition Berkshire: Open University Press.


  1. Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training. NMC: London


  1. Proctor B. (2008) Group Supervision – A Guide to Creative Practice 2nd ed London: Sage.


  1. Thompson, S. and Thompson, N. (2008) The Critically Reflective Practitioner. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.