Reflective practice for paramedics: a new approach

Reflecting upon practice is an essential process by which we can question, make sense of, clarify, and develop our knowledge and performance as clinicians. Unlike people who work directly with their peers and seniors, the opportunities for paramedics to discuss at length scenarios and cases with appropriate clinicians can be scarce. Johns (2010) identifies reflective practice as a means of professional supervision, which can act as our guiding peer when we need to step back and consider our practice in a structured and organised way. Developing clinical insight using reflective models is a key aspect in the training of the modern paramedic, and a necessary duty for qualified staff to undertake in order to ensure that their practice remains current. To be effective, reflective models must encourage the questioning of what we already know and do, and facilitate the broadening of our knowledge so that we may improve our practice and create new ideas. The author aimed to create a reflective model that fulfilled those requirements in a way that was as accessible to those who are familiar to structured reflection as to those who are new to the process, but was compassionate to the unique role of the paramedic.

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