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Getting the most out of reflective learning

The Hakim Group’s Claire Slade discussed the benefits of reflective learning and advised on how to do it effectively

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It is important for practitioners to reflect on their learnings regularly in order to develop themselves both personally and professionally, optometrist and head of professional advancement and governance at Hakim Group, Claire Slade, told OT.

Hakim Group’s Claire Slade discusses the importance of reflective learning

Slade has used reflective learning throughout her career to help her achieve her ambitions and goals.

She emphasised: “It’s really important that people take the time to think about their education and use all of the brilliant resources that we have across our industry to really move forward.”

Slade describes reflective learning a “perpetual cycle” and encourages practitioners to set time aside to check in with themselves and their plan; review what they have and have not achieved, and plan for the next steps.

The optometrist acknowledged that during busy periods, it can feel “quite self-indulgent” to take time out to reflect, but highlighted: “If you want to have a fulfilling career and get the best out of it… it’s really important that you sit and take that time.”