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Reflections on the role of the nursing development facilitator in clinical supervision and reflective practice

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  • Christopher Maggs PhD, MA, BA(Hons), SRN, RMN, RCNT, FRSA,

    1. Professor of Nursing Practice and Development, De Montfort University, Leicester, United KingdomLecturer, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
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  • Anna Biley MN, RN

    1. Professor of Nursing Practice and Development, De Montfort University, Leicester, United KingdomLecturer, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Correspondence: ChristopherMaggs Charles Frears Campus, De Montfort University, London Rd, Leicester, LE2 IRQ, UK. Email: christopher@maggs-rapport.freeserve.co.uk

Abstract

The notions of clinical supervision and reflective practice are attracting considerable interest across the spectrum of nursing. This paper focuses upon how the two were linked together and, with the support of an independent survey, were used to evaluate the nursing development facilitator role. It is argued that reflective practice, as a model of clinical supervision, may provide a forum for nurses to explore the value of their actions. Linked to this, the personal knowledge that is revealed may mirror reality and as a result it is argued that there is benefit in evaluating practice through reflection.

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