Course Profile

Course Profile: The Reflective Practitioner
Developing Critical Thinking Skills
(1 Day)
Critical thinking can be put simply as ‘the ability to make reasoned judgments’. Many of the service users we encounter present a range of needs and issues that can impact on staff in different ways. The ability to think critically enables staff to be consistent, free from bias and rigorous in their approach to working with adults who receive health and social care services.
This course aims to provide learners with the awareness and understanding to apply critical thinking skills in their working practice.
The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
Care certificate: 1, 2, 3
NHS KSF: Core 4.2, 5.2
QCF: SHC32, SHC52, 043
MIS (2012): 12.1.5
The course is designed for all people working at all levels in all settings.



Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by critical thinking
  • Why critical thinking is important
  • The benefits of critical thinking for service users, staff and organisations
  • The key stages of critical thinking
  • How to apply Socratic questions
  • The skills involved in critical thinking: analysis, reasoning, evaluation, problem solving, decision making and self-regulation
  • What is meant by affective and cognitive processes in critical thinking
  • The link between critical and creative thinking
  • The characteristics of the critical thinker
  • Barriers to critical thinking
  • How to apply critical thinking skills in the work place
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Discussion in pairs, small and larger groups, Role Play, Chalk & Talk, Handouts, Role Play