1st Edition

Supervision and Support in Primary Care

By Jonathan Burton, John Launer Copyright 2003

    This unique and practical book provides a clear introduction to clinical supervision and support in primary care. Supervision and Support in Primary Care provides practical information and guidance on the nature and purpose of clinical supervision. It uses examples and perspectives from the world of mental health, Balint groups and self-directed learning, and examines the benefits and challenges of supervision within the primary care setting. Numerous case studies are used throughout to describe the wide range of current approaches to supervision for general practitioners, illustrating how this can contribute towards more effective clinical work and training. All those working within primary care will find this book valuable reading.

    Part One: Claiming the territory. Primary care and the need for supervision and support. The nature and purpose of supervision. Raising the profile of supervision and support. Part Two: Perspectives from mental health. Supervision in psychotherapy and counselling: a critical space for learning. Supervision in primary care: support or persecution? Part Three: Practical approaches. Nursing supervision in primary care. Balint groups and the balint method. A narrative-based approach to primary care supervision. Mentoring and co-tutoring. Self-directed learning groups. Part Four: Supervision in GP training: fitting the realities. Higher professional education for GPs: will this change the culture? Educational supervision in GP vocational training.


    Jonathan Burton, John Launer