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Reflection on Interprofessional Learning

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Introduction

The purpose of this essay is to discuss 2 learning outcomes from the Interprofessional Studies for Health and Social Care module using my chosen model of reflection. This will allow me to analyse and evaluate my feelings and experiences that I have had during the module and draw conclusions as to how I will use this information in my professional and personal development. I will reflect on my personal experience from the interprofessional learning module group work periods and from lectures and I will discuss communication skills within interprofessional team working. This will show that every individual takes a different approach to teamwork and has varied ideas of what teamwork is. Awareness of Clinical Governance is essential in my role in the workplace. As a professional I want to provide a first class service in the workplace and this ongoing initiative will help me to do this. Just as important is my ability to collaborate with my colleagues in the same and different disciplines. I will evaluate and discuss the information that I learned from the lecture I attended and my subsequent research regarding this subject. To approach these topics reflectively, it is necessary to choose an appropriate model for reflection. A simple definition of reflection might be: Reflection is a form of mental processing - like a form of thinking - that we use to fulfil a purpose or to achieve some anticipated outcome. It is applied to relatively complicated or unstructured ideas for which there is not an obvious solution and is largely based on the further processing of knowledge and understanding and possibly emotions that we already possess (based on Moon 1999). ...read more.

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Dr Ellis gave us examples of declining clinical standards an example being from the British Royal Infirmary Enquiry (2001).- Paediatric cardiac surgery services at Bristol, which led to the deaths of 29 children between 1994 and 1995 were "simply not up to the task": there were shortages of key surgeons and nurses, and a lack of leadership, accountability, and teamwork. Another example was from the Shipman Enquiry (2005), "The latest report from the Shipman Inquiry has made a series of hard-hitting criticisms of the General Medical Council structure and culture". Other lesser profile examples of wrong limbs being amputated and covering up of clinical incompetence were also given. I was not aware of the changes in Health Care Policy and that there is continual move towards increased management in the NHS, focusing on organisational, managerial, financial, rather than clinical quality. FEELINGS After the lecture I was confused as to how Clinical Governance was going to affect me and my role in the Health Care profession. I do know that people are more aware of their rights and I have heard of more and more people going to court to claim for negligence against a hospital or a doctor. It did worry me as to the poor quality of care being given in some instances. Would Clinical Governance remedy this? I wanted to know more about it so that I would be prepared and have the background knowledge as to what would be expected of me working in a hospital environment. EVALUATION The negative side of the experience for me was that I did not know enough about the subject to make a knowledgeable judgement about it. ...read more.

Conclusion

CONCLUSION Using Gibbs reflective cycle has helped me make more sense of the situation and put things into perspective. It's made me realise how I can put this learning experience to positive use in my future practice as a professional. It has also helped me to understand difficult situations better, to alleviate anxieties and share problems with my colleagues. According to Wondrack (2001) fear and feelings of guilt often accompany emotions, which spring from a lack of confidence in how to resolve the situation. I have now learned from experience that if this incident arises again I would be able to deal with the situation more professionally. ACTION PLAN If a similar situation arose, I would try to be assertive in a different way. I would try to speak to the tutor privately, although this is not always possible. I will be more positive and not let my anxious feelings takeover. I have definitely benefited from this experience and my confidence has grown. In conclusion knowledge of the two Learning Outcomes - Clinical Governance and Team Work are essential to my development as a Health Care Professional. By reflecting on these I have gained new skills and attitudes. Research will be invaluable for my Continuing Professional Development to keep me up to date with Health Care initiatives and procedures in my job. I can use the techniques that I adopted to look at Clinical Governance to do this. I always enjoy working in a team, however by adapting better to new situations I will grow as an effective team member. Jasper (2003) quotes 'reflective skills allow us to improve all we do by enabling us not only to use skills learned, but to anticipate future situations and be better to cope. ...read more.

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