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Medical bodies to collaborate on new reflective practice guidance for doctors

New guidance for doctors on reflective practice is to be produced jointly by the General Medical Council, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans and the Medical Schools Council.

The four organisations will work together to develop the guidance, and it will be co-branded when it is published later this year.

Workshops to discuss reflective practice have already been held in London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and a similar event is planned in Belfast.

A range of stakeholders across all four UK countries, including doctors in training, educators and individual medical royal colleges, will be involved in shaping the new guidance.

Dr Colin Melville, the General Medical Council’s Director of Education and Standards, said: “We know a lot of doctors recognise the importance of being reflective practitioners but are concerned about how their reflective notes might be used against them.

“The new guidance will address those concerns. Working in collaboration with colleagues from key medical education organisations will go a long way to ensuring we have guidance that will be a real and practical help to doctors.”

Professor Carrie MacEwen, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, added: “The Academy recognises the need for guidance to help doctors to become reflective practitioners as a natural and positive process.

“This will aid improvement and drive patient safety in education and training as a whole.”

The new guidance for doctors on reflective practice is expected to be published in the autumn

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