Reflective notes

CPD is formative and it is about what it achieves for you and your practice rather than the summary of a learning event. That is why FPH does not credit specific CPD activity but relies on its members to select appropriate activity and reflect upon it. Reflective notes are at the core of FPH’s CPD programme. These do not have to be lengthy but should reflect on how the learning was relevant and how it will impact on your practice.

FPH CPD Advisers Committee has adopted the view that, in verifying the CPD of any given public health professional, the use of reflective notes written by the public health professional about their learning is the most discriminating form of evidence of effective CPD. This is confirmed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

It is even more important to take time systematically to reflect on learning as this is more likely to embed the learning within subsequent practice. Reflection should occur as soon as possible following the event – to be contemporaneous and meaningful.

Construction of reflective notes

There are four elements to be completed in each reflective note for each CPD activity claimed

  1. Why did I choose this activity for my CPD?
  2. What did I learn from this activity or event?
  3. How am I going to apply this learning in my work?
  4. What am I going to do in future to further develop this learning and/or meet any gaps in my knowledge, skills or understanding?

For further information on the link between PDPs and reflective notes please see Appendix 4 of the CPD policy and tips on writing effective reflective notes, please see the document: FPH Tips on Writing Effective Reflective Notes.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in collaboration with COPMeD developed guidance on reflection, entitled 'Facilitating Reflection' which you can access here. This document includes tips to support supervisors in guiding supervisees in their reflective practice.

The GMC, along with eight other healthcare regulators, also published a joint statement on the importance and benefits of being a reflective practitioner. The statement can be found here

You can also find below:

Examples of good quality reflective notes

Reflective writing presentation