Iscuss  The importance of reflection and the consequences of this for the future improvement of patient services in NHS imaging departments


There is an increasingly strong belief that all NHS staff should be given the opportunity to reflect on their practice. This is to ensure that staff recognise areas of their practice that could be improved or expanded upon and maintain up to date and reflective Continuing Professional Development. This ongoing improvement of standards will ultimately improve the service to the patient. This need has been officially identified for all healthcare professionals registered with the Health Professions Council and it is now a requirement of registration that all registrants keep an up to date CPD portfolio.
To this end, a succession of policy documents, guidance and research on how this may be achieved have emerged.

The Department of Health and the government have been driving the NHS to put a greater emphasis on the importance of reflective practice. There is an increasing body of evidence espousing the benefits of reflective practice in health care delivery and planning.

In recent years the government has implemented several initiatives in an attempt to improve the service to the patient. Reflective practice has been identified as enabling staff to better understand the needs of the patient. It is essential for those staff working within the NHS to have both an awareness of these issues, and an understanding of how they will improve patient services.


Your assignment must address all of the following points

What is meant by the term  Reflective practice 
Any associated advantages and / or disadvantages to both the NHS and specifically to imaging departments.
The implications of  Supporting reflective practice for imaging departments, in terms of:
Service delivery
Specific examples of reflection currently documented within the NHS.
Examples of where it may be possible to improve reflection in imaging departments.

This assignment will be assessed according to:

Your ability to collect information, present it logically and communicate clearly and professionally using appropriate language.
Evidence of the use of appropriate and up to date literature, which has been critically evaluated and accurately referenced.
Your ability to demonstrate an understanding of the issues surrounding reflection in healthcare delivery.
Your ability to provide relevant supporting examples to all arguments presented.
Becoming a reflective PractitionerChristopher Johns, Blackwell Publishing. 2nd edition

Reflection and Reflective practice in health professions education: a systematic review -Karen Mann, Jill Gordon, Anna Macleod; 2009, Springer

Transforming nursing through reflective practice By Christopher Johns, Dawn Freshwater(book)

Reflections on Radiography, 1999, Mary Hall & Michaela Davis. journal article

Transforming practice through clinical education, professional supervision ... By Miranda Rose, Dawn Best

Reflective teaching & learning in the health professions: action research in the health professions... By David Kember

The Development of critical reflection in the health professions, Edited by Sylvina Tate and Margaret Sills....accessed online at: occasionalpaper04.pdf