October 2016

Latest news

Katherine House Hospice Post
Please see the Vacancies page on the Employment menu for details of an exciting post in Stafford. This is described as a Family Support Team Leader, but this is a 70% hands on role with only 30% management and this is a post has been filled by a chaplain for the last 4 years.

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 Contcts and Links section.

Sikh Prayer Day 2016
It is that time again when the Sikhs will be celebrating the birth of their founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji (which falls on 14 November this year). Annually we hold prayers for the welfare, recovery and peace of those who are currently in hospices/hospitals and for World Peace.

Sikh Chaplaincy Prayer Day 2016 will take place between the 7th and 20th November 2016 and if you would like your institution to take place, please see this poster for details.

‘Let’s Talk About’ Report
A new report has been published by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care which presents a challenge to those providing care to respond in ways which best support people and their families at this important time in their lives. It challenges all of us to provide a supportive space to think about, discuss and plan for care when facing an illness which won’t be cured. You can get more details and read the report here.

End of Life Care for All e-learning (e-ELCA)
Waiting for a meeting? Travelling on a train? Or a spare 20 minutes before lunch? Why not open an e-ELCA e-learning session and learn something new?

e-ELCA has more than160 e-learning sessions written by specialists in the field of palliative care in the UK and Ireland. The sessions are grouped into subject-specific modules about advance care planning, symptom management, assessment, communication skills and bereavement. Two modules focus on learning for social care, spiritual care and there’s a module that uses case scenarios to help integrate learning. See here for more details.

Call for Chaplains’ Case Studies
A special edition of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy (issue 5.2: 2017), focusing on chaplains’ case studies, is to be guest edited by Professor George Fitchett (US) and Revd Dr Steve Nolan (UK), who together edited Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015).

For this special edition of the journal the editors now invite proposals for case studies from any health and/or social care setting, including community locations. The case studies may report on the work of an individual chaplain or teams of chaplains, or a chaplain’s collaboration in a multi-professional team. Proposals may also be a case study that is a ‘one-off’ study or based on longer term work.

Contact either of the editors for further details, George_Fitchett@rush.edu and stevenolan@pah.org.uk.

NICE guideline on Supportive and palliative care in adults
The Quality Standard Consultation will end on 27th October 2016. We would very much welcome your comments on the draft consultation.  If your organisation wishes to register as a stakeholder for this quality standard further details can be found by clicking here. Please note if you are submitting comments as an individual there is no need to register.

RCGP Wales Advance Care Planning Training Resource
Royal College of General Practitioners Wales, in conjunction with the GMC, Marie Curie, RCN, Macmillan and the Stroke Association have developed a free interactive Advance Care Planning Training Resource which is aimed at healthcare professionals across the UK from a wide variety of different backgrounds and experience, including people working in primary and secondary care, and in residential care settings.

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.

AIIHPC publishes ‘Let’s Talk About’ report on palliative care experience with input from more than 500 people
All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care has been taking forward a number of pieces of work to support the dissemination of the report:

  • A short animated film of three and a half minutes is now available which can be accessed by clicking this link to the videoscribe.
  • An infographic has also been printed, and the content of this can be viewed by clicking on infographic
  • For information from the report click on Executive Summary or Full Report
  • A media release was  issued  which was picked up by a number of national media: NI media release; RoI media release

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.

Other recent updates

Weddings and Funerals

There are some new items in the ‘Weddings and Funerals’ part of the Practical Resources section. There are now guidelines for shot notice marriage by dispensation in Scotland, and three resources to cover funeral planning, keeping funeral costs down, and a who-to-contact checklist.

Milton Crum

Many of you will have read Milton’s previous first-hand articles about bereavement and ageing. His latest article, ‘Decrepitude vs death’ is now available in the News and Study section.

Conference Presentations

Powerpoint files for all the main presentations are now available in the Conference files in the Training Information section. For copyright reasons, these are mostly text-only, but I’ve put in key words which will allow you to access the illustrations or their equivalents for yourself.

Publication request

Revd Dr Sally Nash at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is looking for 150-300 word stories / case studies / vignettes on any aspect of chaplaincy with children and young people in preparation for a book on paediatric chaplaincy due to be published in 2018. If you can help in any way, the links are here in the Research Information part of the News and Study Section.

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If you’re new to this website…
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In your prayers today please remember all the patients, staff and volunteers of Cotswold Care Hospice, Stroud, Gloucs

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