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Supervision - What's in a word?

E. D. Smith
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 52, No 4 | a622 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v52i4.622 | © 2018 M. van Wyk, E. D. Smith | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 September 2018 | Published: 30 November 1996

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E. D. Smith, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The importance of supervision is highlighted and reference is made to the fact that a negative attitude, lack of training and lack of experience can seriously hamper the successful implementation of supervision. Supervision can be very challenging and stimulating and can improve to be a tremendous value to the manager, worker, patient, student and the organisation. There is much more to supervision than merely “overseeing” and it includes multiple aspects of personnel management which when executed well, can lead to quality services being rendered and job satisfaction. The diversity of roles required from the supervisor necessitates specific training in the skills and competencies.


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