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Health regulators issue joint statement in support of reflective practice in healthcare

Health regulators, including HCPC, issue joint statement in support of reflective practice in healthcare

On Tuesday 18 June, the HCPC and eight other healthcare regulators published a joint statement – Benefits of becoming a reflective practitioner - which sets out each organisation’s requirements for reflection. It also offers advice for registrants on how to approach reflection effectively, both as an individual and as a team.

This work is part of a shared commitment to drive an open and honest culture where healthcare professionals feel able to reflect on their experiences to support development and learning.

How reflection can help HCPC registrants

As well as reinforcing how reflection can help registrants gain insight into their whole practice, the statement highlights the direct impact it can have on improving services and patient care.

The statement endorses the value of registrants reflecting in groups, teams and multi-professional settings to help develop ideas that can bring about positive change in practice. Employers should encourage their teams to make time for reflection as a way of aiding development, improving wellbeing and deepening professional commitment.

Reflection brings benefits to service user by fostering improvements in practices and services, and assuring the public that health and care professionals are continuously learning and seeking to improve.

The statement also provides advice on making reflection more effective and gives some practical examples of models and methods that can help drive reflection.

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