All midwives are encouraged to undertake a process of relection after undertaking any Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity.
Structured reflection is the process of thinking about your practice at the time (reflection-in-action) or after the event (reflection-on-action) or before the event (reflection-for-action’) and doing something with these thoughts such as writing about them or discussing them with your peers (Teate, Tierney Roth 2014 cited Atkins and Murphy, 1993).
The Gibbs (1988) cycle (above) can be used to help you to reflect on your practice and the CPD acitivity you have undertaken from three different perspectives;
1. ‘Pre learning’ (before you start the course);
2. ‘Immediate post learning’ (what you have learnt/understood immediately post completion of the CPD); and,
3. ‘3-6 months later’ (what might have changed in your practice following completion of the CPD).
Midwives are encouraged to save all reflections and refer to them throughout their Registration year as a way of assessing whether they ahve enabled the midwife to meet their learning needs. Midwives should also save all reflections as a supporting files in their CPD portfolio as evidence of their overall learning and reflection.
Remember the reflection is an individuals take on the CPD activity they have undertaken and the impact that is has had on their personal practice. Midwives will gain as much from this process as they are willing to put in.
For additional guidance, the ACM provides a number of ways to assist midwives to Reflect on their CPD Activities.
MidPLUS is a continuing professional development (CPD) tool developed by the Australian College of Midwives to assist you to reflect on your midwifery practice, to identify learning needs and to plan and record your CPD activities.
The ACM has created a series fo templates that can be used to reflect on different CPD activities. They have been based on the Gibbs cycle as discussed above. The templates can be found in the ACM Resources.