Nearly qualified student paramedics' perceptions of reflection and use in practice

Reflection is embedded in a variety of higher education healthcare programmes, and is a continuing professional development requirement for paramedics (Health and Care Professions Council, 2012; 2014). The listed benefits of reflection include incorporation and exploration of an evidence base into a clinician's practice; avoidance of routine practice; identification of shortfalls in knowledge; and identification of learning needs by the reflector (Jasper et al, 2013). Nine nearly qualified student paramedics took part in this qualitative study. The findings showed a positive attitude towards reflection among the students. Various barriers to reflection were identified. There appeared to be a lack of reflection and reflective practice in some sections of the paramedic workforce. Analysis of the findings have implications for both paramedic practice and paramedic education. This article is a summarised version of a research piece; therefore not all findings will be discussed.

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