Excerpt: Service users and carers are likely to benefit most when they are served by a workforce that is motivated and enthusiastic about its work, that recognizes and works to its strengths, that feels supported, and is able to reflect on practice as an on-going function of its own development. Within this picture training as a function has an important role to play, but can easily become a wasted resource if it is poorly focused and lacks clarity of purpose. Furthermore, service users and carers possess invaluable experiences and skills that can contribute to the development of the workforce. So, why does it so often feel like reflective practice and genuine involvement are lofty ideals belonging to a parallel universe?
Jointly written by Practice Based Evidence & ARW, this resource is of importance to everyone in mental health, social care and learning disability services, including primary care.