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Reflecting on your practice

16. Reflection drives change in performance and is the key to effective CPD.* Good medical practice requires you to reflect regularly on your standards of medical practice.

17. You must reflect on all aspects of your professional work. This should be informed by discussion with others and by specific evidence, such as data from audit, complaints and compliments, significant events, information about service improvements, results of workplace-based assessments and feedback from patients and colleagues.

18. You must also reflect on what you have learnt from your CPD activities and record whether your CPD has had any impact (or is expected to have any impact) on your performance and practice. This will help you assess whether your learning is adding value to the care of your patients and improving the services in which you work.

19. Reflection must be integral to your PDP and appraisal and job planning discussions


* Moon JA (1999) Reflection in learning & professional development: theory & practice Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge Farmer