Values based reflective practice (VBRP®)

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Values Based Reflective Practice, otherwise known as VBRP®, is a model which has been developed by NHS Scotland to help staff deliver the care they came into the service to provide. It does this by promoting regular inter-disciplinary group reflection.

VBRP® can be used by anyone working in health and social care and is applicable across all disciplines and professional groups. VBRP® uses the principles of reflective practice to enable practitioners to understand and recognise their personal and professional value and by doing so supports them in delivering safe, effective and person-centred care.

VBRP® overview

Values Based Reflective Practice is an intentional way of reflecting on past practice, in the present, in order to improve practice in the future. VBRP® offers a structured, refletive method which is designed to help staff deliver the care they came into the service to provide.

VBRP® promotes person-centred care, engages in dialogue between personal and organisational values, attitudes and behaviours. It enhances staff fulfilment and turns history (what we have done) into learning. It supports staff members to better manage their own wellbeing and resilience, and helps them to develop increased reflexivity in their practice.

Ultimately, its goal is to improve the care provided to patients and service users.

Overview of roles

National roles

VBRP® is a national initiative created, designed and owned by NHS Education for Scotland (NES).


  • Appoints the National Lead for VBRP® 
  • Creates, reviews and disseminates the VBRP® materials
  • Administers Essential Toolkit, Dynamics and Processes, and Train the Trainer courses
  • Oversees the national register of VBRP® facilitators, local leads and national trainers. 

Registered VBRP® Trainers: those who have successfully undergone VBRP® Train the Trainer courses, and are NES recognised trainers, can deliver VBRP® training.

VBRP® steering group

The role of the Steering Group is to provide strategic and operational direction, advice and leadership in relation to the safe and effective delivery of VBRP® in Scotland and its promotion as an evidence-based listening service. 

Membership of the NES VBRP® Steering Group consists of representatives of those with responsibility for the management and delivery of VBRP® services in Territorial Boards and Special Health Boards.

Local roles

VBRP® Board Lead: a key role in the delivery and development of VBRP®.

The role of the local Board Lead is to:

  • Champion VBRP® within the local health and social care community
  • Ensure that VBRP® is accurately presented at all times
  • Safeguard VBRP® from being asked to do what it cannot and should not do (i.e. solve manager’s problems, deal with dysfunctional teams etc.)
  • Be the link person and point of contact between NES and the local context
  • Submit an annual report to NES (a proforma will be available)
  • Coordinate a local VBRP® community of practice
  • Maintain an awareness and record of local registered and trainee facilitators
  • Act as mentor and coach to trainee facilitators within the local area.
  • Liaise with the NES regarding VBRP® specific continuing professional development opportunities
  • Advise NES of all updates to local information on national platforms

Registered VBRP® facilitators:

  • Facilitate VBRP® sessions
  • Facilitate reflective meetings in which the VBRP® tools are used
  • Lead VBRP® taster events following consultation with the local VBRP® Lead
VBRP® Board Leads' contact details

NHS Ayrshire and Arran - Andy Gillies

NHS Borders - Caroline Wylie

NHS Dumfries and Galloway - Willie McFadden

NHS Fife - Mark Evans

NHS Forth Valley - TBC


Golden Jubilee National Hospital - Tosh Lynch

NHS Grampian - Sue Rayner

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - Rebekah Sharp

NHS Highland - Janet Davidson

NHS Lanarkshire - Paul Graham

NHS Lothian - Linda Dunbar

NHS Orkney - Gordon Jones

NHS Tayside - Geoff Williams

NHS Shetland - Neil Brice

NHS Western Isles - TK Shadakshari

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