The NMC has provided a template that you must use to record your reflections. However, we encourage you to explore the range of reflective models available that we have provided links to below. Any reflective account needs to explain what you learnt from the CPD activity, feedback or experience; how you changed or improved your work as a result, and how this is relevant to the Code.
The revalidation model aligns with the four themes of the Code:
You should retain your reflections in your portfolio as a record and be prepared to share them with your reflective discussion partner.
It is important for lifelong learning, and to assist meeting your revalidation requirements, that you try to capture what you have learned from any educational initiative that you have undertaken.
A conscious effort to think about an activity or incident that allows us to consider what was positive or challenging and if appropriate plan how it might be enhanced, improved or done differently in the future.
Reflection helps us to think about, plan and deliver high quality and safe care to our patients/clients.
You should explore the nature of the practice activity / incident, CPD activity or practice related feedback, what you learn from it, how it might impact on your future practice and how it is relevant to the code.
'Reflection in action' means to think about or reflect while you are carrying out the activity. It is typical when something is going wrong or you are nervous about something new or out of the ordinary and you cannot help yourself thinking about it, but practitioners rarely formalise this process.
'Reflection on action', however, means thinking about the practice undertaken after the event and turning that information into knowledge.
You can use the questions below to help you. Once completed, keep your reflections, together with the relevant documentation, in your personal professonal portfolio.
There are a number of structured reflective models to help you formulate your reflections. Here are a few popular ones:
As part of your revalidation, you must have a reflective discussion with another NMC registrant covering your written reflections and the Code. This could be your line manager or someone you frequently work with or someone from a professional network or learning group, just as long as they are on the register. You do not need to work with them on a daily basis and you do not need to undertake the same type of practice. This discussion should be face-to-face in an appropriate environment, however you may have a video conference if this is not possible.
If you work in a setting with no other NMC registrants you should make contact with other NMC-registered peers from your wider professional or specialty network. The RCN has a number of professional forums you could join if you are a member. You can find more information on joining the RCN here.
You will need to retain a completed reflective discussion form. The NMC has provided a template for this. The NMC registrant(s) with whom you had your reflective discussion with must sign and date the form, recording their name, NMC Pin, email, address and postcode.
You can choose to store your completed reflective discussion and confirmation forms in either paper or electronic format. You should still respect the fact that these forms contain personal data about your reflective discussion partner and confirmer.