December 2017

Latest news

Christmas Greetings from the President
Karen’s latest message to the membership can be found here, with seasonal felicitations to you all.

Annual Membership
Renewals are now being taken for 2018 and Margery Collin will be happy to deal with your application. Remember that the price of membership is less than the discount you receive to attend the annual conference as a member! See our membership page to download the form.

Merger of Healthcare Chaplaincy in England
We are delighted to announce an exciting new development for Healthcare Chaplaincy in England through a merger of the two main bodies in Healthcare Chaplaincy in England.

The Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health (NPSRC) and the Chaplaincy Leadership Forum (CLF) have agreed to merge the two groups in order to create a new one-group structure for the strategic development of Healthcare Chaplaincy in England.

The new name of the group will be the Healthcare Chaplaincy Forum for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care.

The new forum will be made up of representatives of the Chaplaincy Bodies – CHCC, AHPCC and UKBHC, Faith and Belief group members of the NETWORK, NHS England, a Project Officer for NHS England projects and an Independent Chair of the Forum. It is planned for there to be, at some time in the near future, user representatives included as members of the forum.

Its purpose and function is supporting strategic development, monitoring work projects, being a forum for consultation for future policy and making recommendations for the development of good practice in Healthcare Chaplaincy in England.

The new body will serve to enhance healthcare chaplaincy and enable greater cohesion and development in England, which will be good for patients and staff in the NHS and other healthcare settings.

The work of the Forum will start on 1st December 2017

Hospice Chaplaincy in Essex
St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood, are looking to recruit a 30 hour per week Hospice Chaplain to work as part of their Patient and Family Support Services Team. See here for details. Closing date for applications is 18th January.

 Team Chaplain Vacancy in Oxford
Sobell House are advertising for a 22.5 hour per week Team Chaplain. See here for details. Closing date for applications is 1st December.

New Pastoral Supervision Training Courses
Two sets of pastoral supervision courses are now being offered next spring and summer in  Birmingham and Cambridge. Training is offered on a modular basis in Birmingham and intensive weeks in Cambridge. All are pathways to Certificate or Diploma levels and accreditation as pastoral supervisors by the Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education (APSE). See our training page for details.

An interesting tool for those with limited communication
A recent article in American press has been brought to our attention by Michael Paterson, This is a chaplain designed tool for patients with no speech to be able to communicate spiritual needs. It looks like it could be adapted for a number of different circumstances. Details can be found here.

Book Launch for Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care
Karen Murphy and Bob Whorton launched their new book earlier this year with much celebration. The event was well attended, by Jonathan Pye, the Chair of the Bristol District of the Methodist Church, amongst others and a great success. We are delighted to announce that to coincide with the book launch, Jessica Kingsley Publishers are offering a 15% discount off their books. See Members’ Discount Codes under the Members Area menu.

Pictured right are Karen & Bob with Jonathan Pye


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.

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In your prayers today please remember all the patients, staff and volunteers of Willow Wood Hospice, Ashton-under-Lyme
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