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Research in Practice for Adults appointed to deliver Train the Trainer – Supervisor Development Programme

05 July 2019

Research in Practice for Adults appointed to deliver Train the Trainer –Supervisor Development Programme

Research in Practice for Adults will be working with the Department of Health and Social Care and Skills for Care to develop and deliver a national Train the Trainer – Supervisor Development Programme.

The Train the Trainer – Supervisor Development Programme (ttSDP) is a valuable investment by the Department of Health and Social Care. It aims to enable and empower those responsible for delivering and overseeing effective supervision within local authorities to deliver and disseminate sustainable learning within their local areas.

Over the next year, every local authority will be entitled to places on this national programme. This will include three days of learning using a ‘Train the Trainer’ approach, combining face-to-face teaching and self-directed study. Participants will be encouraged to collaborate with regional colleagues to share resources and good practice.

The programme will bring together a unique combination of topic evidence expertise, experience of delivering complex learning and development programmes at a national scale and proven credibility with the adults sector.

Key aims of the ttSDP include enabling high-quality learning and ensuring that there are skilled trainers in each local area to support Practice Supervisors. During the next few months, Research in Practice for Adults will work to design an evidence-informed approach to delivering the programme; developed with the sector, for the sector. It will reflect, but not be limited to, the requirements of the post-qualifying standards (Knowledge and Skills Statements) for Practice Supervisors, as well as complementing the wealth of existing continuous professional development activity in this field.


Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults said:

‘We are delighted to be helping adult social care colleagues to ensure Practice Supervisors are well-supported and highly skilled.’ 

‘The programme is designed to enable reflective learning and knowledge transfer for those responsible for developing and overseeing effective supervision within Adult Services. We aim to embed a sustainable approach to learning and development that will support local areas to cascade knowledge from the programme.’ 

Lyn Romeo, the Chief Social Worker for Adults said:

‘High-quality supervision is essential if we are to support social workers to think through the issues, dilemmas and the interventions and approaches which best support people and those who care for them.’

‘To be effective, Practice Supervisors need to have the right knowledge, skills and capabilities to carry out their role and to support and challenge decisions with other professionals – particularly important given the integrated, multi-professional settings where social work practice is increasingly located.’

‘As part of our drive to raise the quality and consistency of supervision, we are introducing a national programme for local authorities and other social work employers, to ensure their supervisors are supported to reach and maintain the required capability.’

‘The programme will be led by Research in Practice for Adults and has been informed by the Department for Education’s programme for child and family social work supervisors. The supervisor standards will be the foundation for this programme, providing a clear approach to practice supervision and the support required to enable supervisors to carry out their role effectively.’

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