In its simplest form, reflective practice means thinking about:
• What: What you want to do? What outcome you want to achieve, or what outcome does the individual want you to support them to achieve and how best to go about it.
• So what: How did it go? Did you achieve what you set out to achieve? What was the reaction of people you were supporting or working with? How did you feel about it? If it went well – what contributed to the success? If anything went badly, can you why? Is there anything you need to learn before you do it again?
•Now what: What will you do differently next time or what went well that you will do again. Do you need to share this learning with anyone else?
Sometimes you can do this in your head. However, it is a good idea to get into the habit of reflective practice by writing it down.
If you go on to undertake qualifications – reflective practice is a crucial part of demonstrating your learning and application to practice.
Discuss with your manager how and when reflective practice happens in your workplace