Reflection as an Essential Element of Clinical Practice Essay

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In this essay I will be describing reflection, the methods of reflecting and the benefits of reflection in clinical practise. Everyone from doctors and lawyers to shop assistants and builders reflect upon their work. Reflection can be used to learn and develop as a clinician, professional and also as a person.
Reflection is the examination of personal thoughts and actions. For practitioners this could mean focusing on how they interact with colleagues, patients and their environment. For example a clinician could reflect on an experience such as a treatment or staff meeting. By reflecting on experiences such as this a clinician can get a better understanding of their own behaviour, Wilkinson (1996). Reflection is therefore a process
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Therefore because of a quick episode of reflection on action you have identified that your communication skills could be improved so that you ask open ended questions to get more information from your patients. You have also identified that you are autonomous and can make decisions and act independently. After reflecting on the previous episode of care you have identified one strength and one area for improvement. With this information you can form an action plan to improve your areas for improvement. You can now start to take active steps to improve your communication through trying new types of questions or seeking help from another professional. You should also take steps to further improve your autonomy as well.
Many journals on reflection seem to emphasise focusing on your areas for improvement instead of your strengths, Grant et al (2001) Revans (1998). In Grant (2001) the practitioner is urged to ask questions such as “could I have been more effective if I had acted differently?”. As a clinician this is a simple yet very effective way to reflect. By asking simple questions such as these you can identify many areas for improvement and devise subsequent action plans .However other literature such as Hallett (1997) highlight the fact that although reflecting to find areas for improvement is important and a valuable way of improving

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