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We are a teaching hospital – Supporting staff to develop and grow through clinical supervision

Posted: 14 April 2022

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Working in partnership with NHS Elect, the trust has a clinical supervision policy to enable clinical staff to improve practice, develop both personally and professionally, and manage complex patient care situations.

The initiative encourages staff to meet with an experienced colleague to discuss, reflect and learn from their experiences in clinical practice. Topics include leadership, health and wellbeing, professional practice and the impact of COVID-19.

Aligned with the principles of the Equality Act (2010), the sessions focus on inclusivity, confidentiality, trust and being open and honest in a safe environment.

Deputy chief nurse David Thorpe, who is the programme lead, said: “It has never been so important to support our staff by giving them a safe space to discuss their professional practice. I’m excited that we’re at the forefront of developing such an effective and supportive model of clinical supervision.”

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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