Reflection is widely recognised as an invaluable tool in healthcare, providing fresh insights which enable practitioners todevelop their own practice and improve the quality of their care.This book introduces the practitioner to the concept of 'Guidedreflection', an innovative research process in which thepractitioner is assisted by a mentor (or 'guide') in a process ofself-enquiry, development, and learning through reflection, inorder to become fully effective.
Guided reflection is grounded in individual practice, and canprovide deeply meaningful insights into self-development andprofessional care. The process results in a relexive narrative,which highlights key issues for enhancing health care practice andprofessional care. This book uses a collection of such narrativesfrom everyday clinical practice in nursing, health visiting andmidwifery to demonstrate the theory and practicalities of guidedreflection and narrative construction. These narratives portray thevalues inherent in caring, highlight key issues in clinicalpractice, reveal the factors that constrain the quest to realisepractice, and examine the ways practitioners work towardsovercoming these constraints.