March 2017

Latest news

AHPCC Annual Conference
Don’t miss the deadline! The early bird discount rate for our annual conference is only available until the end of March. Get you application in now so you don’t miss out. See our conference page to download the form.

Death, Dying and Disposal conference – call for papers
September 2017 will see the next of these conferences, which this year takes as its theme Ritual Religion and Magic. There is a call for papers for the conference, submission deadline has been extended to the end of April. See this website for details.

NICE Consultation on End of Life Infants, Children and Young People Quality Standard
NICE will be running a Quality Standard Consultation on the above from 18th April until the 16th May. They would very much welcome your comments on the draft quality standard, which can be found here.

Spiritual Care Lead in the Sun
St Wilfred’s in Eastbourne is advertising for Spiritual Care Lead post here. Closing date for applications is 3rd April.

Sad News of Imam Abbas Khalifa
In the early hours of Friday morning, 3rd March 2017, in George Elliot Hospital, our friend and colleague Imam Abbas Khalifa died peacefully and with his family around him. See Members’ News page for a short tribute to Abbas.

A Conversation Starter around Death and Dying
The Patient and Public Involvement group at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, is running a free event on 11th May 2017: “A Conversation Starter around Death and Dying”. The evening will include an introduction at by Baroness Julia Neuberger followed by a screening of the film Two Weeks: a bitter-sweet comedy which follows a family’s day by day struggle to deal with their mother’s illness, intercut with her own reflections on her life and her family. If you would like to attend this event please register at here as tickets are limited.

Chaplaincy Opportunity in South Wales
Marie Curie are advertising for a Spiritual Coordinator in their Penarth hospice. See here for details.

New Vacancy
A Spiritual Care Lead position is being advertised at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of White. Details can be found here.

From the President
A Spring update from Karen Murphy is now on our From the President page.

St Christopher’s Hospice 50th Anniversary
This year is a very significant one for St Christopher’s, and by extension to all hospices. They are hosting a number of events over the year and some details can be found here. Further information will be posted on the Training Events pages throughout the year.

Membership for 2017
Please NB that you can now renew your annual membership for 2017. Renewals and new membership applications are now both valid until December 31st, 2017. You can access the membership form here, [2017 Membership Form] or by going to the Contacts and Links section.


Other recent updates

All-party Parliamentary Group on Faith and Society
Following a volatile year in the UK, this all-party group has made a statement of hope, see here for more details.

Ambitions for End of Life Care
There are two new publications relating to this:
National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership (2016) ‘Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015-2020’ and
NCPC (2016) ‘Each community is prepared to help: Community Development in End of Life Care – Guidance on Ambition Six’
You can access both of these via the ‘Ambitions for end of Life Care’ part of our Key Documents section.



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