Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, Vol 10, No 1 (2022)

"It's real, it's much more real": An exploration of Values-Based Reflective Practice© as a reflective tool

Heather Kennedy, Jennifer Kennedy
Issued Date: 2 Mar 2021



Background: Values Based Reflective Practice (VBRP) is a group reflection framework widely utilised within healthcare settings across Scotland where groups of colleagues meet and discuss their workplace-based experiences using the VBRP structure. VBRP has previously been noted within HSCC so as to assist ‘courageous conversations’ about working in a caring vocation (Bunniss, 2020a, 2020b). Despite its national platform however, there has been limited evaluation of VBRP. Aim: This study explores the impact of VBRP as a reflective tool among undergraduate medical students. Method: A qualitative action research methodology was used.  Results: Three themes were identified from the data: overcoming barriers to reflection during VBRP; enhancing reflection through the social nature of VBRP; participants’ perceptions of reflection through the lens of VBRP. Conclusion: VBRP enabled deeper, more authentic reflection and enhanced written reflection abilities due to its social nature. It promoted the formation of peer-support networks and positive coping mechanisms among medical students. Teamworking and group relationships were also improved.

DOI: 10.1558/hscc.42191


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