The leaders of nine healthcare regulators, including the HCPC, have signed a joint statement to stress the benefits of good reflection among healthcare professionals.
The statement, “Benefits of becoming a reflective practitioner”, outlines the processes and advantages of being a good reflective practitioner for individuals and teams.
The HCPC said:
We take a flexible, outcome based approach to CPD and therefore do not specify the types of activities registrants must include in their CPD profiles. However, our CPD guidance encourages registrants to learn and reflect on their practice. In particular, we reference ‘developing evidence that suggests that the most effective learning activities are often those that are interactive and which encourage self-reflection’.
What is reflective practice?
This joint statement sets out our common expectations for health and care professionals to be reflective practitioners, engaging meaningfully in reflection and the benefits it brings.
Being a reflective practitioner benefits people using health and care services by:
- Supporting individual professionals in multi-disciplinary team work.
- Fostering improvements in practice and services.
- Assuring the public that health and care professionals are continuously learning and seeking to improve.
Expectations for reflective practitioners
Engaging in reflection benefits health and care professionals and the multi-professional teams in which they work, or with whom they might discuss aspects of their practice. Key considerations include:
- Demonstrating reflection is part of the information we require for continued registration through our revalidation, continuing professional development or continuing education requirements.
- Ensuring patient confidentiality is vital. Where reflections are recorded, they should be anonymised and focus on learning gain and development rather than the identifiable details of people, the experience, activity or event.
- We will not ask those who are on our registers to provide their personal written reflections in order to investigate a concern about them. Registrants can choose to offer them as evidence of insight into their practice.
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