Reflective practice

Being a reflective practitioner involves:

  • Critical consideration of our own professional/personal values, views and potential bias
  • Critical consideration of how this might influence our professional judgement

Practitioners must never assume that their professional view is correct particularly if it overrides the rights of an individual to make an ‘unwise’ decision. It is a fundamental human right that we can all make unwise decisions, and we all have the right to ensure that any form of health and social care that is offered to us is only carried out with our consent. It is important to constantly challenge our personal and professional assumptions to ensure we hear the voice of the individual within the assessment process.