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BMA Guidance: Reflective Practice May 2018

Date published: 08/05/2018

Updated guidance on reflection

Following the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case many doctors feel they are no longer able to reflect honestly and openly.

The UK local medical committee conference earlier this year called for GPs to disengage from written reflections until adequate safeguards are in place. As a result, the BMA has been lobbying the GMC and other bodies on this and called for legal protection to be provided to reflections in all education and training documents, such as e-portfolios and all annual appraisals and training forms.

We have updated our own guidance in response to the LMC conference motion to make it clear how doctors should limit their reflective practice. We will also be contributing to GMC guidance on reflection to be published this summer to highlight what changes need to be made for the profession to regain confidence in this process.

Updated GMC guidance for doctors on appraisals and revalidation was also published yesterday.