A senior doctor in the UK—usually a consultant or associate specialist—who is responsible for overseeing trainees’ workplace-based assessment and for providing feedback on trainees’ progress towards specialisation.
Through the delegation of care, the clinical supervisor (unit registered nurse) remains accountable; however, the accepter of the delegation, the student, also assumes responsibility and ensures that they are appropriately educated and able to complete the delegated task (NMBA 2016; NMBA 2013a).
This process was met with numerous challenges including disruptions to clinical training due to unit exercises, permanent change of station moves, additional duties, changes in clinical supervisors, and a lack of attention or focus due to the informal nature of the process.
According to SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 52, the clinical supervisor, the liaison between administrative and clinical staff, makes certain that patients/clients are competently served.
Because states do not necessarily require formal graduate academic training for substance abuse counselors, it is reasonable to assume that the responsibility for counselor development becomes, in part, the responsibility of the clinical supervisor.