Building multi-professional teams of reflective practitioners

Reflecting in groups, teams and multi-professional settings is an excellent way to help develop ideas or actions that can improve practice.

  • Learning with others builds a collective wisdom through discussion, support and knowledge sharing. Working and learning together increases the likelihood that meaningful and positive change will happen.
  • Care for individuals and service delivery improves when teams and groups are given opportunities to explore and reflect on their work together. These interactions often lead to ideas or actions that improve care.
  • While reflection is personal, it is often informed by the professional standards and duties expected by the different professions and their regulators. When individuals, in multi-professional teams, reflect together, they should be sensitive to, and respect, the different modes of reflections of their colleagues.
  • In many cases, there are formal and informal power dynamics that may limit the value and positive power of reflection unless facilitated carefully and respectfully - all views need to be respected and listened to.
  • Outputs from team reflective activities may include suggestions or plans to improve care or the service provided. Activities, like case-based discussions, can provide a safe outlet to explore thoughts and feelings triggered by different experiences.