Reflective accounts

Write a reflective account

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Describe what you have learned from a CPD article in a reflective account

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) wants to encourage reflective practice so that nurses and midwives actively consider the role of the Code in their professional development and identify any changes they can make to improve their practice.

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As part of the revalidation process you must prepare five written reflective accounts to your professional portfolio.

Each reflective account must refer to either an example of your continuing professional development (CPD), a piece of practice-related feedback, or an event or experience in your own practice and how this relates to the Code.

You can write a reflective account based on what you learned from a CPD article published in one of our journals.

Reflection framework

Reflection is a central component of revalidation that enables nurses and midwives to reflect on their practice and identify changes or improvements to inform future practice and enhance patient care.

Write your reflective account using the template outlined in the official NMC form, available via the website here. The form consists of four reflective questions relating to a CPD activity you have undertaken.

Aim to write around 800 words in total, focusing on what you learned from the CPD article and how you changed or improved your practice as a result.

An example of a reflective account completed using the NMC form can be found here.

Read reflective accounts

Read how other people related a CPD article to their practice in the reflective accounts section here.

Further reading: How to write a reflective account for revalidation

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