This reflective essay is linked with the Research learning programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.
Before you attempt this reflective essay assessment, you may find it useful to access the CPPE e-lecture on Reflection. This 30-minute learning programme looks at how we reflect and why this is a useful tool for pharmacy professionals. It will also allow you develop your reflective skills and give practical tips on how to apply these to improve your practice.
This reflective essay assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Research learning programme. Access and gaining a pass will provide evidence that you have worked through the programme/guide, have reflected on your personal practice and applied the learning to improve your practice and patient outcomes. The essay will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in the RPS Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks and the Declaration of Competence system if your learning is linked to provision of a pharmacy service.
Prepare to pass
The essay questions will ask you to write a narrative; a story that describes your personal thoughts on that learning topic and how you have used it to change the way that you work. We are looking for a personal account which describes the reality of your own working environment.
When we review your essays there are some key things which we will be looking for in your reflections. It may help to ask yourself these questions as you write:
We will not be marking your literary skills, but we will be looking for something that makes sense and has a good narrative flow. In some circumstances, we may return the essay to you unmarked. This will be when the essay, in the opinion of the assessor, has not been written as a narrative or where it is not comprehensible.
Your essay will be marked as a pass or a fail, you will not be allocated a specific mark. If you do not achieve the pass mark on your first submission you can resubmit the essay at any point. We will provide feedback to support you in your next attempt.
The word count required for this essay is between 400 and 800 words.
Once you access the assessment and press the ‘Submit now’ button, you will see our terms and conditions for reflective essays. Once you click ‘begin’ you will see a page to enter your completed reflective essay. At this point you will not be able to exit the page and come back to the essay at a later date. We suggest you write your essay in a word document or other suitable file and then copy and paste your final submission into the assessment submission area once you have entered the assessment submission area. This allows more time for true reflection and ensures you have a personal copy as evidence of your continuing professional development.
You will need to access the relevant assessment to submit your essay. You can do this by searching for the topic using the search facility. The assessment is highlighted by the ‘A’ icon. Once you reach the webpage you can click on ‘Access’ to submit your essay.
Even if you choose not to have your essay marked by us at CPPE, you may find that this approach to thinking about what you have learned and how you have used it will help you to generate your own CPD/revalidation entries. Why not give it a go?