Novice occupational therapists' perceptions of readiness to undertake fieldwork supervision

Aust Occup Ther J. 2010 Dec;57(6):394-400. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2010.00859.x. Epub 2010 Oct 19.


Aim: This study investigated new graduate occupational therapists' perceived readiness for the fieldwork supervisor role at a metropolitan Melbourne Hospital.

Methods: Data from four in-depth individual interviews and a focus group conducted with seven Grade 1 occupational therapists were analysed thematically. An iterative process was used to develop themes from the categories of data.

Results: The new graduate occupational therapists' perceived readiness for supervising students was strongly influenced by a sense of still learning themselves. High expectations were expressed of the supervisory role. Active support and supervision from the workplace and the university are seen as necessary.

Conclusions: A deeper understanding of the supervisory role and associated skills required for new graduate therapists is needed. Support from senior colleagues and workshops conducted by the university to up-skill the therapists are recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hospitals, Urban
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Occupational Therapy / education*
  • Occupational Therapy / organization & administration
  • Occupational Therapy / psychology
  • Perception*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Self-Assessment
  • Victoria
  • Young Adult