Guidance for reflective narrative for the IACC 2021

Guidance for trainees on how to structure their critical reflective narrative, including what is reflection and example models of reflection.


Structuring your narrative

You are required to use the IACC 2021 reflective narrative template to structure your critical reflection narrative. The template structure reflects the Academy of Healthcare Sciences (AHCS) 2012 Good Scientific Practice (GSP) that have been closely mapped to the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Scientists (HCPC, 2014) and describe the expectations of practice under five principal domains.

Domain 1: Professional Practice

All patients and service users are entitled to good standards of professional practice and probity from Healthcare Science workforce including the observance of professional code of conduct and ethics.

Domain 2: Scientific Practice

Healthcare Scientists are expected to keep their scientific and technical knowledge and skills up to date effectively.

Domain 3: Clinical Practice

Healthcare Scientists are expected to keep their clinical skills up to date and undertake clinical duties appropriate to their role in order to be effective.

Domain 4: Research, Development and Innovation

Undertaking research, development and innovation is a key part of the role of Healthcare Scientists; to support the NHS to address the challenge of meeting the needs of an ageing population, chronic disease, health inequalities and rising public expectations of the NHS.

Domain 5: Clinical Leadership

Patients and service users have a right to expect that Healthcare Science services are delivered efficiently and effectively managed to meet service needs.

You should give equal weighting to each GSP domain.

As a conclusion to your reflective narrative you should write a global statement on your practise bringing together the threads of your critical reflections. You should explain how you intend to use the insight gained from your critical reflections to demonstrate your readiness to transition into practice as a patient focused and safe Clinical Scientist on your entry to the workplace as a registered professional.

A common mistake in your critical reflective narrative is to focus too much simply describing your approach. Remember, this critical reflective narrative should be rigorous and analytical, and your personal experiences and observations must be carefully examined and considered in the context of developing and achieving the competences your require to evidence your readiness to transition into practise as a newly qualified threshold level Clinical Scientist.


Assessment regulations

Submission template

You must use the IACC 2021 submission template to submit your critical reflective narrative. The template file will be made available to download here by Friday 30th April 2021, if not before.

You must submit your work as an MS Word document. No other format will be accepted.

Word count

Your critical reflective narrative should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words (excluding citations). If your narrative exceeds 3,500 words, it will not be assessed, and will be counted as one attempt. The citations to items in your OneFile portfolio are not included in the word count.

If your critical reflective narrative is less than 2500 words you are unlikely to have provided sufficient reflection and discussion covering the breadth and depth of your practise necessary to achieve a pass.

Portfolio citations to OneFile evidence

Portfolio citations must follow the format: ModuleID:CompNumber

The evidence cited must be signed off by your Training officer or nominee as this will confirm your development to the expected standard.

Additional artefacts (e.g. SoPs, National/Trust policies, audio, video) and appendices are not required to be submitted. Additions of any sort will result in your submission being rejected it will count at one attempt.

We recognise that your OneFile portfolio will not be complete at the time you submit your IACC 2021. However, we recommend that you complete as many of your competences as you can in advance of your IACC 2021 submission. Please ensure that your training officer or their nominee has signed off completed competences or other evidence that you have cited in your reflective narrative before you submit your IACC 2021 reflective narrative. Remember, you have until September 2021 to complete the rest of your OneFile portfolio.

The assessment panel will have time-limited access to your OneFile portfolio to allow them to examine evidence you have chosen to cite in your reflective narrative. The assessment panel will form a judgement about the extent to which the evidence you have cited is relevant, sufficient and persuasive in supporting your reflective narrative. The assessment panel will not mark your OneFile portfolio but may comment on the parts you have used within the context of your critical reflection.

Assessors will have access to your OneFile portfolio from the date you submit your IACC 2021 critical reflection until we issue your Candidate Report.

Statement of authenticity

You are required to declare that the critical reflective narrative and supporting evidence that you submit is all your own work. This means, in particular, that you have not colluded or plagiarised. Evidence of these and any other unprofessional behaviours will be subject to the IACC 2021 plagiarism policy.

Your submission must be authenticated by your training officer. You training officer will not mark your submission; rather they are asked to confirm that, based on their knowledge of you, their opinion, your narrative represents an accurate self-assessment of your readiness to practise.


How to submit your written assignment

The details of the mechanism of how to submit your narrative and complete training officer authentication will be provided at a later date prior to the submission date.

You must submit your written work by the deadline. If you do not submit within the deadline this will still count as one attempt.

It is your responsibility to ensure you submit your reflective narrative and that the cited evidence is signed off in your OneFile portfolio by the submission deadline. It is unlikely that any appeals based on technical issues eg faulty equipment such as PC or internet access, will be accepted.


Panel interview and your reflective narrative

The assessment panel will use your reflective narrative and supporting evidence to explore, with you, your suitability and readiness to transition into practise as a newly qualified threshold level Clinical Scientist in your speciality. The panel will agree, in advance, questions they wish to ask about your individual development journey. These questions, supplemented by some standardised questions, will form the basis of the panel interview. These questions will not be available in advance of the interview.

You will be notified of your interview date a minimum of six weeks in advance.