Being able to work constructively and actively with a range of other professional disciplines is an expectation of practice for most workers. The quality of practice, in a variety of settings, depends on recognizing and valuing what each discipline brings. This needs to happen across disciplines as well as between organizations and both can be challenging. One of the benefits of being critically reflective is that it is increasingly seen as part of professional practice across many disciplines. With common training and agreement about how critical reflection is understood, staff from a wide range of disciplines can use critical reflection as a common language. The process of critical reflection can also help with identifying different professional assumptions and what these might mean for effective team work. Specific examples from healthcare organizations will be used here to illustrate how being critically reflective can engender mutual understanding and lead to changed work practices.
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