Late May 2019: Latest News

Well that’s the Conference over for another year, leaving a lot of food for thought to digest (as well as being well fed, literally!).  We enjoyed a high standard of input and were grateful to Professor Conor Carvell and Rev Dr Chris Swift who stood in at such short notice when two of our main speakers had to pull out at short notice.
But it won’t be long before the planning starts all over again for next year – book the dates in your diary now!

All the notes for all the main presentations have been posted on the Conference page for you to download – they’re currently at the end of the details for each speaker.  If you downloaded Austyn Snowden’s notes, there’s a revised version with additional information available as of 24th May, and also some photos, which will also be acessible on the Facebook page

Don’t forget to return your evaluation if you attended and haven’t done so – we need the feedback, and there’s the Certificate of Attendance waiting for you!

Research Requests

We’ve had a request from Professor Emma Tomalin of the University of Leeds, who is researching the availability of Sikh Chaplaincy Services in NHS hospitals and hospices.  Plese check out the information on our Research Page and help her if you can.  (Even if you don’t have access to Sikh Chaplaincy, a nil return is still helpful to indicate the limits of availability.

Austyn Snowden and Iain Telfer are involved along with ERICH, the European Research Institute, and several UK hospices in trialling the Chaplaincy PROM (Performance Related Outcome Measures), a key piece of research that can provide a validated tool to demonstrate the effectiveness of chaplaincy provision.  As we have to justify our role within helathcare, this is well worth supporting.  Please check out the information which you can find both on last year’s and this year’s Conference pages, and the links on our Research Page.  Iain or Austyn are both very willing to talk to you about it.

Interesting article on Disability Theology

There was an interesting article on the BBC Website this week about disabled people experiencing unsolicited offers to pray for their healing.  I’ve posted a link to it in the News Items Section, and also a link directly underneath it to a very useful study by John Swinton published back in 2011.


Don’t forget to check out our Vacancies page, as we are quite often asked to publicise them. As of writing, there are three posts being advertised – this changes, of course, from week to week.

Membership Renewal for 2019

If you havn’t renewed your AHPCC membership, or wish to join the AHPCC, you can download the Membership Form here to do so.

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