What is a Professional Qualities Reflection?
The Professional Qualities Reflection allows a trainee to reflect on an event, or series of events, that is medically or professionally significant to them.
Through analysis of the event(s), you will be able to identify and integrate new skills and knowledge to improve your performance.
Reflecting on your professional qualities can cause you to question your beliefs, attitudes and behaviours, and develop new ideas and insights to inform your future practice.
Questions to help you plan your reflection include:
- What happened?
- Why did it happen?
- What did you learn?
- How can you improve patient care?
- What action did you take/ will you take?
Who completes a Professional Qualities Reflection?
The Professional Qualities Reflection is included in the program requirements for Basic Training and some Advanced Training programs.
To find out more about the program requirements, go to Basic Training or view the relevant Advanced Training Program specialty page.
What event(s) can I choose?
You can choose any event(s) that impacts your professional practice for a Professional Qualities Reflection. The event(s) can be either positive or negative, and can relate to a variety of encounters you may experience in a healthcare environment.
The event(s) does not need to be dramatic or life threatening.
How do I complete a Professional Qualities Reflection?
1. Access the Professional Qualities Reflection tool using your online training portal the:
2. Use the Professional Qualities Reflection tool to:
- Describe an event(s) of professional significance
- Reflect on the event(s), including how you responded to it
- Describe your insights on the event(s), including how it impacts your medical professionalism
3. Submit a completed Professional Qualities Reflection to your Professional Development Advisor (PDA)* (Basic Training) or supervisor (Advanced Training) using your online training portal:
* A PDA does not have to be an RACP Fellow. A PDA may be a Ward/Service Consultant (term supervisor), or Advanced Trainee, etc.
4. Contact your PDA or supervisor to discuss your Professional Qualities Reflection
5. Discuss your reflection with your PDA or supervisor and seek advice on future practice
Is information entered into the Professional Qualities Reflection protected by Qualified Privilege?
The Professional Qualities Reflection is a quality assurance activity that has been declared on behalf of the Minister of Health and Aged Care by the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health under Part VC section 124X of the Health Insurance Act 1973 under the Commonwealth Qualified Privilege Scheme.
Information entered in the Professional Qualities Reflection and which has become known solely as a result of the Professional Qualities Reflection is protected under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
The Act outlines conditions which apply to use of the Professional Qualities Reflection, however. They include:
- Information already existing, for example in patient notes, is not protected.
- Information entered in the Professional Qualities Reflection may not be disclosed to, or recorded by, others who are outside the Professional Qualities Reflection activity.
- The Minister of Health may authorize disclosure if he/she is satisfied that the material relates to a serious offence, for the purpose of investigating the offence.
Anonymising information and confidentiality
The College strongly advises anonymising any information entered in a Professional Qualities Reflection. Please de-identify any names of patients, peers, persons or organisation(s) to protect the privacy of individuals/organisation(s) in accordance with the confidentiality clause in the RACP Information and Communication Technologies Code of Practice. The College will not release any information that you give in this self-reflective tool to any third party without consent unless it is required to do so by law.