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Building Reflective Practice through Preceptorship: the Cycles of Professional Growth

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A preceptorship process for newly qualified occupational therapists is presented, highlighting the importance of reflective practice within the preceptorship period to extend the skills of new practitioners and to promote professional growth. Models drawing on the learning cycle (Kolb 1984) are used to explore links between the processes of reflective practice, continuing professional development and preceptorship. This opinion piece introduces the National Health Service Knowledge and Skills Framework (Department of Health 2004) as a development tool and summarises the findings of a pilot study to show how preceptorship supports graduates in maintaining good habits of reflective practice and continuing professional development.

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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