A key competence of a physiotherapist is the ability to consistently think about, review and learn from their clinical experience and then change their actions and practice as a result of the knowledge they generate from that experiential learning. This process is often called clinical reflection and involves a set of skills and habits that many struggle to develop and practice once they leave full time education. Earlier this year I was very fortunate to be able to spend sometime chatting to John Driscoll an internationally recognised expert in this topic who is also the developer of a very popular 3 step framework for reflection What? So what? What now?. This interview was recorded as part of the development of a short course on clinical reflection that will be made available on Physiopedia Plus in 2017.
In this conversation John talks about his extensive work on reflective practices and Continuing Professional Development for a range of health professionals both as a UK academic and as a freelance consultant. He has worked on the implementation of large-scale reflective Clinical Supervision schemes for practitioners in health organizations in the UK, Australia and more recently Canada.
One of the strengths of John’s approach is to engage practitioners in becoming more reflective on their practice and moving from the often held stereotype of reflecting alone (perhaps initially as a student), to the practical application of reflective practice with peers and other members of the team.
In this video John also offers an insight into the purpose of reflection and the development of his What? Model of Structured Reflection first published in 1994. He also discusses the role of reflective practice in demonstrating evidence of maintaining ones’ professional development for practice. John has held numerous lecturing posts and currently works as a part-time lecturer for City College Norwich (UK). John has a comprehensive website containing a number of resources and he is more than happy to establish a dialogue with anyone on any aspect of reflective practices.
- John’s website – John Driscoll Consulting
- A chapter from John’s latest book – Supported reflective learning: the essence of clinical supervision?
- An introduction to John’s What? model