Why being a reflective practitioner is important

In the report Improving feedback and reflection to improve learning, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) describes a reflective practitioner as someone who ‘thinks analytically about a clinical situation or activity, monitoring its progress and evaluating its outcome’. This process empowers learners to take an active role in their development – thinking about what actions might help them develop or improve their practice.

The advice we've developed with eight other healthcare regulators, emphasises that reflection can help improve wellbeing and professional commitment. It also highlights the direct impact it can have on improving services and patient care. It endorses the value of doctors reflecting in groups, teams and multi-professional settings to develop ideas that can bring about positive change in practice.