Reflective Practice Guidance
Following calls from doctors, responsible officers and appraisers, for clearer information on what is meant by 'reflection' as part of practice; the Academy, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD), the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Medical Schools Council (MSC) have produce a three part publication providing guidance on reflective practice.
The guidance was created with input from all four nations and is intended for use across the UK. This guidance supersedes the interim guidance produced by the Academy and COPMED in March 2018
The guidance outlines the importance of reflection for personal development and learning; it highlights how reflection can help doctors and medical students to maintain and improve their professional practice, and drive improvements in patient safety. It emphasises ten key elements of being a reflective practitioner, including how reflection is personal; that there is no one way to reflect; and that reflective notes don’t need to capture the full details of an experience, but should focus on learning outcomes and future plans.
This work has been a joint effort by all four organisations to provide clearer advice in this area and as part of a wider commitment to drive an open and honest learning culture.