Reflective practice in a very busy world

what's the essence?


  • Howard Capelin Sheffield Teaching Hospitals



Reflective practice, chaplain, practitioner, Continuing professional development


Trying to persuade ‘time constrained’ practitioners to regularly practice ‘time hungry’ reflective practice can easily fail. Therefore what is the irreducible minimum or essence of reflective practice? This article concludes that the essence of reflective practice is more about process (artistry, intuition, tact) than the ‘evidence base’ outputs that have been built on it; and advocates 5 essential features.

Author Biography

Howard Capelin, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Howard Capelin is a Kadampa Buddhist Chaplain in a multi-faith team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. This article is based on an essay written for the new Masters Degree in Healthcare Chaplaincy at Leeds Met University and the author acknowledges the helpful comments of Chris Swift & Simon Robinson in drafting the essay – “although all errors remain my own.”


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How to Cite

Capelin, H. (2013). Reflective practice in a very busy world: what’s the essence?. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 36–42.