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Introduction to Professional Issues: Reflective Account

This essay will discuss and reflect about what I have learnt from working as a group during this module. Reflection is characterised as learning through experience toward gaining new insights of self and practice (Ref Johns 2004).

In this module, I have had the opportunity to learn about other professions in order to collaborate and recognise the importance of other professions and their contributions. I have also had the experience of working in small groups towards a goal, and to explore some common issues that have an impact on interprofessional work.

To discuss my experience, I will use Gibbs’ model of reflection (1988) which includes the description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and action plan. The first stage of Gibbs’ reflection model is to describe what happened. Our group consisted of a student nurse, student physiotherapist and a student podiatrist. We shared information on what each profession do, the codes of conduct, and about our professional bodies. I found out that we share key values on the codes of conduct such as accountability and the same framework for health care ethics such as moral judgements, rules, principles and theories. As a group, we were also presented with different scenarios of issues of concern about ethical and legal frameworks for practice which we were asked to consider the possible outcomes.

We were put into groups and each group was asked to do a presentation on a chosen topic where each one of us was supposed to contribute. We then exchanged our contact details so that we could discuss our topic and arrange any meetings in preparation for our presentation. We all agreed to talk about communication for this is the start of practitioner-patient relationship (Swash 2002). One member of the team asked everyone to meet at a particular time to discuss what each of us would contribute. Unfortunately, I had a clinic and would not be able to attend unless the meeting would be held on a day when I was not in clinic, so I send my apologies. We discovered there was no day when all of us were free to meet, so eventually the meeting went ahead on the day as scheduled and I would be updated through email. When I did receive news it was to update me that one member who was supposed to attend had failed to turn up. Because of not been able to meet, we were now communicating through emails and sending each other our contributions and then give feedback to each other. Two of us volunteered to make a contribution on a particular area. I volunteered to make my contribution on communication between health care professionals and I started working on that. Only one member failed to neither send his contribution nor give feedback on the work that had been done so far.

I will now get to into the second stage of Gibbs’ model of reflection which is discussing of my thoughts and feelings. At first, I felt a bit worried about how people who were total strangers would be able to work together and do a presentation. I had a fear about what would happen if someone failed to contribute or would not respond to emails or phone calls. My other worry was working with people who have poor time management and who would try to do everything last minute and hence we would end up having a very poor presentation. Our age difference was also a concern to me as I was in a team with very young members. I thought this might have an impact in our group work. At first, I got frustrated as two of the members seemed to engage with each other in discussions and I was left out. Sometimes, my contribution would not be taken into consideration. I did not give up, knowing that I was part of the team; I had to do something as well. This situation did not last long for I was the one who responded to emails and did my bit.

The third stage of Gibbs model of reflection which is evaluation. This requires me to discuss what was good and bad about the...
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