What is CSSP?

Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP) offers support and networking opportunities for new and existing clinical supervisors at a local level, focusing on priority areas identified by the NTRTN such as remote health and primary health care.

CSSP Objectives

The objective of the CSSP is to expand clinical supervision capacity and competence by supporting measures:

  • to prepare and train clinical supervisors
  • to support and develop a competent clinical supervision workforce, which delivers quality clinical training.

The three focus areas of the CSSP are clarity, quality and culture:

  • ‘Clarity’ aims to achieve agreement and accountability across professions, jurisdictions and educational institutions in relation to the role and function of a clinical supervisor.
  • ‘Quality’ aims to improve the quality of clinical supervision, build local capacity, reduce the tension between service delivery and teaching, and to make the most effective use of clinical supervisors’ time.
  • ‘Culture aims to recognise and reinforce the value and contribution of clinical supervisors and to enable collaboration within and across professions. 

Strategies developed under the CSSP focus on underserviced areas and new settings. The priority areas include oral health, rural and remote, aged care, primary care and mental health.

Clinical Supervision

This involves the oversight- either direct or indirect - by a clinical supervisor of professional procedures and/or processes performed by a student or group of students within a clinical placement for the purpose of guiding, providing feedback on, and assessing personal, professional and educational development in the context of each student's experience of providing safe, appropriate and high-quality patient care.