A Qualitative Exploration of Reflective Practice Groups in British Red Cross Services

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Wall, A. 2018. A Qualitative Exploration of Reflective Practice Groups in British Red Cross Services. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.874w0
AuthorsWall, A.
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Reflective practice is widely used in health and care disciplines, as an approach to professional learning and maintaining staff wellbeing. Clinical psychologists often have responsibility for supporting reflective practices in
other professionals; a frequent approach to which is facilitating reflective practice groups (RPGs). Practices vary widely, and the supporting evidence for RPGs in general is limited. No published research to date has examined
non-professionally trained staff using RPGs in any health, social care or support service.
The British Red Cross provides a team of psychosocial practitioners, supporting staff and volunteers in refugee support services with interventions including RPGs. This study used a Grounded Theory methodology to explore
these RPGs in terms of key processes and impacts. Five focus groups were conducted with teams using RPGs, group facilitators, and the managers of refugee support services. Data analysis produced an original theoretical model of RPGs in British Red Cross services. Important processes were
identified in which teams and facilitators reconcile the acknowledged potential benefits, with sources of anxiety and resistance around engaging with RPGs, to co-construct groups which contribute to workers’ wellbeing and professional
development, and contribute to a more reflective professional culture at a local and national level.
This research contributes a unique account of lay perspectives on RPGs in care professions, directly relevant to the practice of clinical psychologists facilitating RPGs with non-professionally trained staff. These findings are
discussed in the context of previous research, theories of reflective practice and group processes. The implications for practice are discussed, and future directions for research are identified.

PublisherUniversity of East London
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15123/uel.874w0
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PrintMay 2018
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Deposited20 Nov 2019
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