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This essay explores the topic of communication and its relevance to clinical practice.

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´╗┐Reflection on communication This essay explores the topic of communication and its relevance to clinical practice. I will discuss all the skills and knowledge that I have acquired whilst working as a Trainee Assistant Practitioner (TAP) and how my job role has changed since being a Clinical Support Worker (CSW) I will explain how I will develop this in to my new role as an Assistant Practitioner by using examples in my clinical placements that can then be applied to my own practice. As a Clinical Support worker I did not have a lot of responsibility within communication, I was not expected to communicate with the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) regarding a patient?s health or well-being. I would have been expected to communicate any information regarding a patient to the qualified nurse that I was working alongside of and they would deal with any issues and speak to the Doctors. ...read more.


important also and to listen what patients and their relatives have to say to me so that I can meet their specific needs. Sometimes we come across patients that have limited communication skills they could be deaf/hard of hearing, I would then need to adapt my communication skills to meet with their individual needs. Some patients are not able to verbally express what they need this could be due to an ongoing medical condition. But by assessing their body language may show me signs of the problem that they are feeling, by the noises that they make like crying, moaning holding the part that is causing them pain. Within the frame work of patient centred care, the concept of person centred communication is a central element that includes six crucial components; enabling the patient?s self-management, fostering healing relationships, responding to emotions, making decisions, exchanging information and managing uncertainty. ...read more.


As an Assistant Practitioner I will aspire to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. As an Assistant Practitioner I will no longer be assigned a mentor; therefore I will need to use my own clinical judgement when making decisions regarding a patient?s care. I feel confident that with the communication skills that I have learnt through my clinical placements that I will be able to communicate with the senior members of the team. I will be accountable for my own case load of patients, and I also have a better academic understanding of the many various conditions and treatments that are available to patients in my care. I intend to maintain a high standard of communication throughout my documentation when completing patient care plans and writing in the patients notes. As the Royal College of Nursing (RCN, 2015) underlines, Assistant Practitioners should take personal accountability for excellent record keeping. This needs to be clear, accurate, legible and completed in a timely manner, to support communication, continuity and decision making amongst health-care professionals. ...read more.

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