Reflective practice in health means developing critical thinking skills by reflecting on an area of practice and looking to improve it. It helps to engage in continuous learning and to gain insight into yourself or your practice.
Reflective practice can facilitate learning by using your experiences to identify learning need, build understanding of professional beliefs and attitudes, enable links between new and existing knowledge, and support the development of self-aware professionals. 
The broad process for reflective practice involves considering what happened, why does this matter and what are the next steps. Critical thinking, critical reflection, and reflective journaling were common elements 
Reflective practice is often undertaken by individuals but can also be done as a group eg, reflecting on a critical incident at the end of a shift. It also has a role in mentoring and peer supervision.
Read LaTrobe University's guide What is Reflective Practice?
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Read Queensland Health's A clinical education guide to reflective practice (665kb pdf)
Last updated 06 September 2021