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I am a registered healthcare worker who currently works in the Estates department of a large foundation Trust. Do people think that reflective practice could help the estates team (non clinical staff) deliver a better service to the clinical teams when undertaking a new build or refurbishment of existing area? If so - why? This is an area that I am exploring for my dissertation.

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  • Quick answer: yes - reflective practice first emerged in its present manifestation as an exploration of the work of architects and other professionals: it is certainly not the exclusive domain of health workers.

  • I do not know what you mean by "reflective practice". Please can you expand and explain.

    30 second sound bytes mean different things to different people.

  • Reflective practice is a feature of the experiential learning cycle (Google "Kolb") which explores learning from experience. It has become a feature of continuing medical education in the last 20 years or so and is a key ingredient in appraisal and revalidation.

  • It sounds very much like the business model known as re-engineering.

    This is where you put 'current practice ' to one side and start with a clean sheet of paper.

    e.g. If you were to start your established business from scratch, what would it look like in terms of number of people employed, business processes and practices etc.

    Good luck with your dissertation.

  • The following is really only an anecdotal tale I am unable to vouch for the acuracy of this story. But itseems quite possible.

    Those who attend whichever hospital that was in the news because someone had the job of designing / buying a new set of uniforms at least nursing staff and failed to ensure that the uniforms were made of material that could manage the high tmperatures necessary to kill off bacteria. The problem was resolved but this episode was not wihout cost.

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