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How To Write A good Reflective Account That Makes Your NVQ Assessment a Breeze

How To Write A good Reflective Account That Makes Your NVQ Assessment a Breeze

In my practice, I have been asked the question “How Do I Write A Reflective Account?” so many times. Well, to start with you must understand what a reflective account is all about before you can write a good one. Sometimes you may have written a very long account only to be turned back by your assessor. That is not fair I hear you say, believe you me, your assessor is there help out. As you know your assessor is expected to look out for specific performance criteria, not minding the length of your account if your don’t include the required data, your account may be rejected again.

A reflective account is usually a write up of how you have carried out part of your job in the past. It could be yesterday or a week, month or years ago as long as you use past tense. It maybe how you dealt with a health emergency, an abusive situation or how you have used a particular piece of equipment in the past.

From the definition above, your reflective account is a record of events that indeed happened. It has to be reflected in your account as what you actually did. It has to be personal and in the past tense.

Look at these two:

( 1 ) I would do this

(2 ) I did this

In reflective account writing (2) is correct while (1) is not.

Your writing must reflect the actions you took and why you took them if possible.

Also remember, you must ensure confidentiality throughout your writing, use of actual name is not acceptable. You may use alphabets instead of actual names or addresses, for example Mrs A’s bed, I held Mr Y’s hands and so on.

Just bring yourself up to writing about activities at work on a typical day using the performance criteria of the units within your NVQ as guide.

I have Included The ones below to help you

• Assisting clients with toileting requirements. (HSC 218a)

• Assisting clients with their personal hygiene. (HSC 218bc)

• Preparing food and drink for clients. (HSC 213abc)

• Supporting clients to be comfortable (HSC 216ab)

• Providing pressure area care. (HSC 217ab)

• Supporting clients to move from one position to another (HSC 223ab, HSC 360ab)

• Supporting service users to access and use services and facilities (HSC 330abc)

• How you contribute to care planning and review (HSC 328abc)

• Supporting individuals with specific communication needs (HSC 369abc)

• How you administer medication to individuals (HSC 375ab)

• Assisting clients to eat and drink. (HSC 214abc)

• Undertaking clinical activities. ( HSC 230ab)

• Supporting others to undertake clinical activities. (HSC 361ab)

• Supporting clients with cleaning or other domestic needs. (HSC 29abc)

You may look up some more but I believe this would be helpful

Of great importance is the way the activity was carried out. You must ensure the following are reflected in your writing:

· How you communicated with clients and others such as colleagues, relatives and other professionals.

· How you treated people as individuals and showed them respect and dignity.

· How you maintained a professional relationship with the different individuals. Did you have to deal with any conflicts, distress or challenging behaviour?

· How you worked as a team.

· How you monitored and maintained health and safety during the different work activities.

· What information you passed on, how it was passed on and what records you completed.

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In all our packages – NVQ 2 & NVQ 3 Mandatory and Optional units, we have fully referenced examples of reflective accounts and a guide to how to write your reflective account. You also have FREE access to our online support centre once you purchase any of the packages, if you need more help on writing reflective account or any other aspect of your NVQ I will advise you to purchase any of our packages relevant to your needs.

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