GOC highlights importance of being a reflective practitioner

The regulator has released a joint statement with other regulators that highlights the importance and benefits of reflective learning

The General Optical Council (GOC) has issued a joint statement along with eight other healthcare regulators that highlights the importance and benefits of reflection among professionals working within healthcare.

The Benefits of being a reflective practitioner statement, which was published yesterday (18 June), includes advice for practitioners on how to approach reflection effectively, both as individuals and as part of a team. It also states the GOC’s requirements for reflection from registrants.

The statement highlights that reflection is important for fostering improvements while also assuring the public that healthcare professionals are continuously learning and seeking to improve.

The GOC describes reflection as a process whereby healthcare practitioners assess their professional experiences, documenting it to aid their learning and enable them to identify opportunities to improve.

Speaking about the importance of reflection, head of standards and CET at the GOC, Marcus Dye, said: “We offer a number of tools, including a personal development plan and templates for reflection statements, to make it easier for registrants to participate. We encourage all registrants to take part in reflective practice as part of their CET requirements and to try to embed reflection into their everyday practice.”

Mr Dye shared that following feedback from the GOC’s CET consultation last year, the regulator will develop additional guidance for registrants on how they can incorporate reflective practice within their CET.

The statement is signed by the GOC as well as the General Chiropractic Council, General Dental Council, General Medical Council, General Osteopathic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Health and Care Professions Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.