A new clinical supervision programme to support the wellbeing of nurses and teams working in social care has been launched by the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS).
The Resilience-based Clinical Supervision (RBCS) programme will be open to social care nurses in England and has been funded by NHS England.
Delivered virtually to groups of between six and eight participants via Microsoft Teams, the programme is designed to help support participants to recognise their own and others’ emotions and how to positively respond to them.
The programme also aims to help nurses gain an understanding of the ‘emotional systems’ that can underpin behaviours and to develop new skills in facilitation, communication and active listening.
This, according to FoNS, will support the wellbeing of all staff and results in better teamwork.
Joanne Bosanquet, chief executive at FoNS, said: ‘We are thrilled to be facilitating this first ever nationwide programme, specifically focusing on nursing in social care.
‘It is well documented that nurses in this sector often feel professionally isolated despite practising at a high level and embracing complexity.’
The RBCS programme consists of five sessions – three of three hours and two of two hours – held over a period of 10 to 12 weeks.
Professor Deborah Sturdy, England’s chief nurse for adult social care and FoNS advisory group member, said: ‘This is a really important opportunity for colleagues across social care to benefit from a supportive approach to supervision.
‘This will help nurses improve their own wellbeing, that of the teams they lead and ultimately have a positive impact on those in their care.’