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Reflection on KfH Evidence Synthesis Facilitation 03/04/17

Reflection utilising Driscoll (1994) (2007) ‘The What? Model of Structured Reflection’.

Reflection
What? (Returning to the situation)
  • is the purpose of returning to this situation?
  • exactly occurred in your words?
  • did you see? Did you do?
  • was your reaction?
  • did other people do?
  • do you see as key aspects of this situation?
Reflection on facilitation of Synthesis session 03/04/17 too improve my facilitation skills.

I planned a session with 3, 30 minute slots, first slot was a goldfish bowl conversation on the lived experience of undertaking synthesis, second slot was a split group session on the practical use of the synthesis tools that the groups had been given and the third slot was a whole group round up.

First up the group contracted the ground rules of the session. Then explained how the fishbowl worked and into the session. People far more familiar with the mechanism of the other sessions.

Had one late comer so had to explain to them in hushed tones what the fishbowl was about.

Key aspects were get energy and engagement with the topic while creating an environment people were comfortable to work in.
So What? (Understanding the context)
  • were your feelings at the time?
  • are your feelings now? Are there any differences? Why?
  • were the effects of what you did (or did not do)?
  • ‘good emerged from the situation e.g. for yourself or others?
  • troubles you, if anything?
  • were your experiences in comparison to your colleagues?
  • are the main differences for feeling differently to your colleagues etc?
Don’t think many people had done one before so there was a little nervousness about using the tool. The participants seemed to enjoy it and it brought some energy into the room and encouraged people to listen to each other.

I was worried for the first ten minutes of session that people weren’t engaging with the fishbowl. However deliberately placed an individual I know to be a less than active participant in the bowl from the start and they engaged well. What was good is that it ensured active listening and meant that all participants engaged. Slight concern that if I had deliberately placed the person I know to be quiet in the bowl from the start they might not have engaged with it as a tool. Also think I need to be clearer on the instuctions on how the tool works and operates.

Second session should have divided the groups myself, as it was a bit girls v boys but it worked and the groups worked well.

Wrap up session was less structured than any of the others, everyone had their say and I made sure that that was the case.

Feedback generally for the session was that they’d enjoyed it and the shared experiences meant they were prepared to share their work for the next session.

Shared the outcomes of the session with a colleague who’d done a parallel facilitation and the outcomes of the sessions were remarkable similar.
Now What? (Modifying future outcomes)
  • are the implications for you, your colleagues, end user?
  • needs to happen to alter the situation?
  • are you going to do about the situation?
  • happens if you decide to decide not to alter anything?
  • might you do differently if faced with a similar situation again?
  • information do you need to face a similar situation again?
  • what are your best ways of getting further information should you face a similar situation again?
Planning for facilitation needs to be better. Need to be clear on the tools I plan to use and the instructions that relate to them.

Contracting was useful. Always need to do this and remember to do this.

Need to think more about group dynamics and be prepared to adapt to them, did it to a certain extent but again need to think about this more at the planning stage.

Planning requires more research and thinking time, take time out to do it don’t just fit it in around everything else.
Action Plan
Action Point What will I do to action this? Possible Obstacles How will I know I’ve achieved it? Target / review date
Planning for facilitation needs to be better. Need to be clear on the tools I plan to use and the instructions that relate to them. Develop a facilitation plan template to ensure planning has taken place and is available. Time Next facilitation will have documented plan. 28/04/17
Contracting was useful. Always need to do this and remember to do this. Document contracting on flipchart. Availability of flipchart Photo of contracting flipchart. 28/04/17
Need to think more about group dynamics and be prepared to adapt to them, did it to a certain extent but again need to think about this more at the planning stage. Need details of groups in advance. Do search. Read up on subject. Reliant on information from another organisation Active participation of all in next session in ways they are comfortable with. 28/04/17
Planning requires more research and thinking time, take time out to do it don’t just fit it in around everything else. Build in structured time during working week. Record time taken in planning. Time Staff availability to enable space to think. Calendar time set aside for planning. Next facilitation will have documented plan. 28/04/17
References

Driscoll, J. (2007). Practising clinical supervision. Edinburgh: Baillière Tindall Elsevier.

Driscoll, J. (1994). Reflective practice for practise. Senior Nurse, 14(1), pp.47-50.

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