“Reflection” is mentioned a lot these days and forms an integral part of everyday general practice, even if we don’t always realise what we are doing is reflecting.
In its simplest form, it is thinking about what we do and how we do it, to consider what went well and what we could have done better. Although we do this every day, in our appraisals we are asked to demonstrate it in our practice.
NHS England guidance suggests a really simple framework based on the work by Terry Borton and John Driscoll:
“Keep reflections concise. Meaningful reflection is possible in three sentences:
What? (Simple description)
So what? (How it is relevant to you)
What next? (Your resulting action)”
More information on this framework and advice on how to use it is available on the University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences website https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmp/sonet/rlos/placs/critical_reflection/models/driscoll.html