June 2019: Latest News

There’s a new President’s letter from Karen, following last month’s Conference (don’t forget to send in your evaluation if you’ve still to do so, and receive your Certificate of Attendance, and also to download the presentations from the Conference Page).

Congratulations are also due to David Buck, our Vice-President, who has been asked to use his poetry to open and close the NHS Confederation Summit in Leeds on July 11th (‘Promoting Excellence and Inclusive Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Support for all without Exception’,) and also to provide a poetry workshop at the CHCC Annual Conference (‘Opening the Black Box’) in September.  If going to either, say ‘hello’ to David!

We’re continuing to upgrade the website, and you should notice some changes to the Practical Resources section, especially the ‘Remembering’ and ‘Light-up’ Services and Hymns, Prayers and Poetry. We could do with some more recent examples to replace the older material that’s gone, so if you can help, please do e-mail examples to Gary and Mike at editor@ahpcc.org.uk.

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. Please 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 healthcare, 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 recently 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. The number of posts advertised varies, of course.

Membership Renewal for 2019

If you haven’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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If you’re new to this website…

Whether you’ve worked in palliative care for years or you’re new in post, we hope you find this website helpful. We update it at least monthly, and alerts also appear via Facebook, especially when new vacancies are posted.  Contributions of articles and resources, etc are welcome.

PrayingIn your prayers today please remember the patients, staff and volunteers of Dudley Macmillan Palliative Care Team, Dudley

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