• To enhance your awareness of the challenges that mental health professionals commonly experience, and the support they require
• To gain knowledge of the ‘shift reflection’ model of group reflective practice and its components
• To understand the potential benefits of shift reflection for staff working in acute mental health settings
Background ‘Shift reflection’ is a novel, structured method of group reflective practice at the end of a shift. It involves a facilitator asking open questions about the shift, then using a mapping process to draw and make connections between the experiences of staff.
Aim To undertake a pilot study of shift reflection in an acute mental health unit and to gather feedback from staff and service users on its effect on staff well-being, teamwork and ward culture.
Method A mixed-methods design was used. Staff members provided feedback using the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) scale, completed pre-pilot (n=10) and post-pilot (n=14), a staff feedback questionnaire (n=14) and a focus group (n=7). Data from the questionnaires were examined using descriptive statistics and effect sizes, while the focus group data were analysed using thematic analysis.
Findings The preliminary findings suggest that shift reflection was effective in supporting staff and that it improved team cohesion and morale. The ProQOL scale results indicated a small increase in compassion satisfaction, a medium reduction in secondary traumatic stress and a large reduction in burnout scores post-pilot. Five themes emerged from the focus group: value of shift reflection; team benefits; supportive role of facilitation; implementation challenges; and future directions.
Conclusion While several challenges in implementing shift reflection were identified, the findings of this pilot study provide a foundation for developing and testing its effectiveness in future research.
Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1452Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Ragoobar R, Turton R, Winter H et al (2020) The ‘shift reflection’ model of group reflective practice: a pilot study in an acute mental health setting. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2020.e1452
Published online: 31 March 2020
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