The importance of reflective practice.
Reflective practice is the ability to constantly monitor one's own performance in a given role and make adjustments where necessary. For me reflective practice is particularly important because no two clients will ever be the same and it is vitally important to remain reactive and reflective at all times. Reflective practice has been demonstrated to have significant benefits when it comes to the delivery of client-centred care, and can help me to ensure that I am able to accurately assess the needs of each client as an individual. With reflective practice it is one of the most important elements of my job. One of the reasons why reflective practice is so important is that no amount of training can completely prepare you for the range of client‘s and the different needs they may present. Reflective practice also helps me to stay abreast of changes to the way that my day to day work practice manifests. It seems to me that there are new theories and new approaches that can, if correctly incorporated into my repertoire, result in genuine benefits for me and for clients. New theories are not an automatic route to success or improvement, so it is necessary for me to be selective and to be able to match new developments to my own skills. If I am able to do this, the result is that new developments for me are able to dramatically improve my ability to absorb changes and selectively and constructively improve personal and professional performance in a way that is on-going and dynamic. In order for me to develop my knowledge further I must be able to reflect on my current practice, reflecting on my own practice is important because it allows me to know what I am doing well and identify areas where I might like or need training or guidance and then to look at my strengths and weaknesses, this will ensure that I am performing to the best of my ability, one of the main barriers to this is funding for the training I may need or...
References: - Graham Gibbs 1988
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