Key points on being a reflective practitioner

Things you will learn from this guidance:

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Reflective practice does not have to be daunting.

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Reflection is personal and there is no single way you should reflect.

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Your medical school will support you in developing the skill of reflection.

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Taking time to reflect on experiences that have made you think or question your ideas or values is important for your individual wellbeing and development as a professional.

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When keeping a note, you should anonymise the information as far as possible.

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A reflective note does not need to describe full details of an experience. It should capture what you have learned and any planned actions arising from the experience.

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Group reflection often leads to ideas or actions that can improve patient care.

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Reflection should not substitute or override other processes that are necessary to record, escalate or discuss significant events and serious incidents.