Carers Guide to Reflective Practice

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CARERS GUIDE TO REFLECTIVE PRACTICE What is Reflective Practice? Reflective Practice is a conscious process. It means that you are thinking about what you are doing and learning from it. You may complete a task and afterwards think about how you carried this out, if you could have done it differently and what you have learned. Stages of Reflective Practice Stage 1: brief description of task, situation or incident which sets out intended purpose of intervention or objectives Stage 2: Planning work- what is needed Stage 3: What happened- what took place Stage 4: Reflective Practice – did the planning or intervention achieve its objectives. What worked and didn’t work Stage 5: What have you learnt? (knowledge, skills, values) What are your future learning needs? How Relective Practice contributes to improving the quality of service provision Reflecting on our own practice can identify gaps in knowledge and training, which, if acted on appropriately i.e. further training, can improve working practice and as such, improve the standards of care provided. It can also identify areas of good practice that can be shared with others. How standards can be used to help a social care worker reflect on their practice? As social care workers, we all work to a set of standards that determine how we carry out our working practice. These standards are guidelines, policies and procedures that we are expected to follow, that identify the quality of care we are expected to achieve and deliver. By understanding these standards, a social care worker can reflect on their practice and identify areas for
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