Reflective Reflection

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The British Association of Occupational Therapists (2007) states that reflective practice is fundamental in continuing professional development (CPD) in order to keep skills and knowledge up to date and to practice effectively, safely and legally (Health and Care Professions Council, 2012). Reflection is vital for all healthcare students in order to establish links between theory and practice (Jasper, 2013), that will help increase clinical reasoning and enhance professional practice (Rigby et al., 2012). Using models of reflective thinking makes sure that reflections are meaningful to our personal CPD (Armitage et al., 2012).

Models of reflective thinking are designed to aid us reflectively. Each models varies in how much information, description, evaluation and critical analysis are needed. The most commonly used models in healthcare are; Gibbs, Kolb and Borton. In order to choose a reflective model an individual must firstly know what they want to achieve and how in-depth they want to go with their reflection (Jasper, 2013).

For this reflection I have chosen Gibbs’ (1988) model to help me understand my role, actions and behaviours throughout my group work sessions with my Personal Professional Development (PPD) group and explore and evaluate the interactions with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) during the research of a patient care pathway. The reasons for choosing Gibbs’ model is that it is clear and precise which allows for description, analysis and evaluation
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