Posts Categorized: Reflection

How you can Reflect Together

Reflection is a personal journey but that doesn’t mean it has to be carried out alone.  Reflecting with someone else can open up different perspectives and challenge your thinking patterns. I recently attended the excellent NCOR conference on helping patients with pain management.  The afternoon sessions were all practical role plays relating to facilitation and goal setting.  Some of the skills we learnt there I thought could be helpfully be applied to reflecting together. Listen and don’t interrupt This is often difficult for osteopaths.  When listening our brain is in Continue Reading »

Have you got a Personal Development Plan?

Within the new CPD scheme you may come across the term Personal Development Plan or PDP.  We are going to look at what a personal development plan is and how to make one. In summary a PDP is a reflection on where you are now and where you want to be.  It details the steps that will be required to put your plans in place.  It can include both your career and lifestyle. Having a PDP gives you a record of your career that you can use to inform future Continue Reading »

Reflection and the new CPD scheme

As stated in my previous blog reflection is an essential component of the new CPD scheme.  Today  we are going to look at what the requirements are and where reflection is important. The new CPD scheme We are developing resources to help you with fulfilling the new CPD scheme. If we look at each of the standards in turn you will see how reflection fits in with the scheme. Standard 1: CPD in each of the four themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards Reflecting on your CPD is going to Continue Reading »

Benefits of being a reflective practitioner and how to reflect

Reflection is an essential part of the new CPD scheme.  Not to burden you with extra paperwork or waste your time but so you reap far more benefits from CPD.  You make a significant investment of time and money into your CPD and reflection gives you the opportunity to maximise on your professional development. Reflective practice helps you to strengthen your day to day practice.  It involves studying your own experiences to improve the way you work.  It will help you to increase your confidence, be more proactive and improve Continue Reading »

The Why? Of Mint

Having encouraged you to reflect on the Why of your practice I have also spent time reflecting on the Why of Mint. There were several logs in the fire that led to the spark that ignited the formation of Mint: The realisation that it can be a lot of work to research and understand the requirements of the Practice Standards particularly in relation to subjects like Safeguarding Children and Health and Safety. The frustration at the unnecessary duplication of effort between every practice taking the time to research and write Continue Reading »

Start with Why?

If you have ever seen Simon Sinek’s inspiring Ted Talk about marketing you will be familiar with the phrase ‘Start with Why’.  He suggests that is the key that makes companies like Apple stand out – look at their marketing it is all about why, not the what and how. Continuing out theme of reflection this month we can ask why? about our practices to help us to focus and reinvigorate our practices. Why? Why did you become an osteopath?  Maybe like so many others you have a story to Continue Reading »