CPD reflective narratives

Read these personal stories from doctors that show how reflective practice has helped them with their development.

Why reflect?

There’s growing evidence from research that reflective practice improves the way people perform in their jobs. This is particularly important for medical practitioners to maintain and improve their standard of practice.

Reflective narratives

The GMC and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges are jointly collecting a series of anonymised reflective narratives, examples of how some doctors have reflected on their practice.

These narratives are not intended to be used as templates about reflection for appraisal. They are instead designed to help doctors with the thought process for reflection, which is an important part of their professional development and appraisals.


These doctors speak about their personal experiences, showing how reflective practice has helped their development and improved how they care for their patients.

Specialty Reflective narrative


The need for better communication in emergency situations.

General practice

How to self-motivate to continue in clinical practice as a locum.

Public health medicine

Developing effective and fair policies with CCGs for funding.

Public health medicine 

How to give an effective TV interview.

Share your reflections

We are looking to collect at least one narrative per specialty, ideally with a range of different grades, ie from SAS grades as well as consultant.

Each narrative answers a series of questions in the form of a template, which will be anonymised before it is published.

If you are inspired to share your reflections here with your peers, please contact us at quality@gmc-uk.org for further information.

Other ways to reflect

There are of course other ways to reflect. Here is a reflective poem from a general practitioner on sharing bad news with her trainee - Pear shaped: responding to adversity (pdf).