Are you working in private practice? How often are you taking part in formal self-reflection on your cases?
We know running a business is pretty hectic and Dietitians (and other allied health too) are constantly rushing from one place to the next. So it makes sense our reflective practice skills can go out the window in the process!
We get it. You’re busy and hopping from client to client and perhaps your logging of professional development happens one day before your annual membership expires. Today’s post will hopefully give you some food for thought on why it’s worth getting board with formally reflecting on your clinical cases.
What is clinical reflective practice?
Clinical reflective practice is the process of:
- considering your experiences in a clinical case including your own thoughts, feelings, emotions
- considering the experiences of clients and their caregivers including any “intervention” or advice you’ve provided to them
- interpreting and evaluating both of your experiences
- identifying your strengths and challenges in this particular clinical case or situation
- coming up with a plan for change in practice (if needed)
What are some of the benefits of reflective practice?
In short, reflective practice makes us better clinicians. It helps us to:
- Increase our knowledge on new clinical areas by reviewing the literature
- Identify potential risks and errors in our clinical care and reduce the chance of them happening again in the future (i.e. we’re clinically safe)
- Learn from our mistakes
- Retain clients and offer the best possible service
- Consider the psychological impact of our work on ourselves, including manage work-related stress. It especially helps us reduce burn out and compassion fatigue.
Where to start with reflective practice?
Here are some links to get you started:
- Some different models in reflective practice (from La Trobe Uni)
- A quick and easy journal article on how to reflect effectively
- Supervision and mentoring guide from DAA (need to be a member to access)
Need more help?
We’re launching group clinical supervision over the coming months. This is one method of formally self-reflecting on your cases. To stay in the loop, head here.