The Importance Of Reflection

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All professionals will find that reflecting on the way they carry out their work can help them improve the quality of their skills. This is even more important in work involving a continual increase in understanding, such as fields with ongoing research like osteopathy. (“Ncor” 2017) Reflecting has become a necessary skill for those in healthcare who want to provide the highest level of care they can for their patients. It has been proposed that reflection is a more meaningful method of learning than formal teaching. (Jasper 2003) This essay will question that statement; briefly describe how to reflect and will contrast the benefits and drawbacks. Reflection process: In a healthcare setting reflection is the process of critiquing one’s experiences by analysing them based on the relevant literature. (Reid 1993) Professor Graham Gibbs provides a 6 stage process that can be followed: (Gibbs’ 1988) • Description – simply describe what has happened. It can be useful to describe the experience in the most matter of fact way so that it can be examined clearly. • Feelings – explain how the incident made you feel. • Evaluation – explain what was good and/or bad about the incident. This will help in identifying what areas need additional study. • Analysis – what understanding do you have of the incident? This step is crucial in developing skill but can also be the most challenging. This step requires the practitioner being able to look at the experience objectively. The nature of being self-critical is that it comes easier to some than it does for others. Someone with a large ego may have a lot of trouble with this stage but to truly reflect they will need to learn to be able to criticise themselves. Reflection without critical analysis has little value as it will serve to mask weak areas of knowledge (Kralik, 2005) • Conclusion – decide whether you could have done anything else. • Action plan – using the knowledge gained from the previous stages prepare for if the situation arises again. Strengthening through reflection: The osteopathic standards (OPS) are put in place to ensure a high standard of care is carried out by all UK osteopaths. B4 of the OPS states that professional knowledge and skills must be kept up

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