Unit 014 Ministry Placement


  • Reinforce the skills learnt in the classroom
  • Reflect on personal strengths and weakness in the role of a chaplain
  • Journal your activities and interactions, outlining any new experiences and reflect on both your growth and limitations in your personal practice
Learning OutcomeAssessment Criteria
The learner will:The learner can:
Understand the structure and purpose of the organisation.. Describe the structure and purpose of the organisation.
Understand one’s own role within the organisation.. Explain your understanding of your role and how it changed during the placement.
Be able to show good communication skillsSummarize areas in your placement where good communication skills have been used.
Maintain a record of all placement time.Journal placement time
Reflect on feedback from supervision and one’s experienceJournal feedback from your supervisor and self-assessment.
Be able to manage own feelings in relation to an individual’s situation, especially with the dying or death of individualsIdentify ways to manage own feelings in relation to an individual’s situation, especially with the dying or death of individualsUse support systems to deal with own feelings in relation to an individual’s situation, especially with the dying or death of individuals.

Student Work Placement Journal Log

The aim of the Journal Log is to give you an opportunity to:

  • Keep a record of the work you undertake on your placement
  • Note any existing skills you develop, or new skills you learn
  • Identify areas you would like to improve

This is not a directly assessed piece of work; however, you will find it a useful prompt when completing your Reflective Diary which is an assessed part of your module.

You should fill in an entry on every visit to help you to keep track of the tasks/activities you have completed. In the Reflection section, make brief notes on anything you have learned. You can use the following questions as a prompt:

  • What do you know now that you didn’t know before?
  • Have you done anything completely new?
  • Did anything surprise you? For example, about information you found out, the way that your colleagues dealt with an issue or the way you reacted to anything that happened?
  • Did you find anything challenging? Why?
  • Did you find anything satisfying? Why?
  • Were there any problems? How did you resolve them? If you were faced with the same problem again, would you do anything differently?
  • What emotions did you experience/feel?

You should note positive experiences and achievements as well as any difficulties.

Completing the Reflection sections of your Journal whist on your placement will help you structure and evidence your Reflective Dairy.

Example of individual entry (Chaplaincy Placement)

Date:3 December
Tasks completed:Observed patient interviews1-2-1 meeting with team leader to review ward processes
Reflection:  I had no idea how to structure an interview and how to build rapport.  I observed that the client was very shy and nervous; however, the member of staff appeared confident.  I realised that if you appear confident you can put someone at ease.  I also noticed that the member of staff had to speak quite slowly, as the client didn’t speak very much English. I realised that it is important to check that the person you are talking to understands everything clearly.   I found out that there are a number of processes that must be followed in the organisation and these are not straightforward, if I get details wrong, it could have serious implications for someone else.

Example Logbook

Student Name: 
Name of Host Employer:                   

Record of project work carried out (Use a notes app to record)

Tasks completed:       
Tasks completed:       
Tasks completed:       

End of placement evaluation – for use in your Reflective Diary

  • Total number of hours
  • The things I found most surprising were…
  • The areas I found most challenging were…
  • The area/skills I would like to improve are…
  • Examples of my problem solving are…
  • Examples of when I used my knowledge are…
  • Examples of when I was given/took responsibility are…
  • Examples of my proactive approach to the project are….
  • Other comments: