Person-centred reflective practice
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Person-centred reflective practice

Bob Devenny Head of spiritual care, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lanarkshire, Carluke
Kathleen Duffy NHS Education for Scotland nursing and midwifery practice educator, NHS Lanarkshire Practice Development Centre, Hamilton

Person-centred health and person-centred care have gained prominence across the UK following the publication of reports on public inquiries exploring failings in care. Self-awareness and participation in reflective practice are recognised as vital to supporting the person-centred agenda. This article presents an education framework for reflective practice, developed and used in one NHS board in Scotland, and based on the tenets of the clinical pastoral education movement. Providing an insight into the usefulness of a spiritual component in the reflective process, the framework provides an opportunity for nurses and other healthcare professionals to examine the spiritual dimensions of patient encounters, their own values and beliefs, and the effect these may have on their practice.

Nursing Standard. 28, 28, 37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 05 July 2013

Accepted: 18 December 2013