Reflective practice is when you look over an action, evaluate the action and discover what you can learn or change about your actions to improve them and better your personal and professional development. Reflective practice is looking at it from different perspectives and seeing if you could make any positive changes. Reflective practice can increase confidence and encourage you to become a more proactive professional. Reflective practice in the social care setting should help to improve the quality of care you give. Reflective practice is not always about looking for the negatives in your work it can also be looking at the positives of your work. When using reflective practice we will always look back on any changes to decide if they are working or can be improved again.
Q 1.2 Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided?
Reflective practice is important in order to ensure that high standards are always met. Reflective practice should be met continuously as circumstance, environments, and people can change. In order to reflect you must be continuously aware of approaches used and how they can be changed or developed to improve the services you provide. Continuously reflecting practice benefits both practitioners, service users, staff and management. Without reflection the working link between each experience is lost and therefore left underdeveloped. Also we would not be meeting the service users’ needs and putting the service user at the centre of our care.
Q 1.3 Explain how standards inform reflective practice in adult social care?
Standards inform reflective practice by setting care workers guidelines, policies, procedures and legislation to follow throughout their work whether set by government or regulatory bodies, standards are a level we should hope to achieve or improve by using reflective practice. Standards are set to ensure that