Reflection Within Professional Development
In this essay I intend to reflect upon a clinical skill, which I have learned and become competent in practicing. I will apply the Gibbs model to the chosen skill throughout the essay to allow for critical thought. Gibbs model includes the areas of description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and action plan. (Gibbs, 1988)
The term “reflection” directly refers to one’s own ability for serious thought or consideration regarding events, which have occurred in the past. Professional bodies and organisations utilise reflective practice within continuous professional development as an effective tool to evoke critical thoughts regarding their own actions. This analysis of one’s own actions facilitates insight into areas of improvement and areas of development for future skills. Furthermore, as a result of reflection, new skills and practices can be developed and strategies can be adapted to the demands of the ever-changing needs of society.
Reflection in practice is a highly regarded skill which healthcare professionals should all become familiar with. Any concerns or complications encountered on previous occasions can be reflected upon and necessary amendments can be made. This alteration to one’s practice can empower healthcare workers to deliver first class person centred care, whilst remaining observant, competent and mindful of previous endeavours, which can instil a level of confidence within the workplace.
Regular use of reflection within continuous professional development allows for the development of new skills, knowledge and techniques, which in turn will benefit the service users who are directly receiving the care. With this information, the skill I have chosen to reflect upon is wound care. I have chosen this as prior to commencing work at placement, I had no practical experience of would dressing aside from applying sticking bandages to myself in the event of a small injury.
For the purpose of this essay, I will refer to the aforementioned placement as “Brampton Lodge” in order to maintain anonymity. During the first few weeks of my placement as I was finding my feet and settling in, I found myself at a loss as to what to do as there were only female service users present. Due to policies in place at Brampton Lodge, female service users could only receive personal care from female support workers. This was not much of a concern to me as it was necessary for me to remain mindful of the individual at question’s privacy, dignity and personal preferences. However, in the forthcoming weeks as male residents began to arrive, I found myself becoming more directly involved within their personal care.
With these newfound skills I had developed, I felt empowered within placement – like I was beginning to fit in and not just a loose end. As the shifts passed, I began to evaluate my own practice to identify areas for improvement and make amendments in order to compensate for...