Competencies

An explanation of the Chaplaincy Competencies

Why are there several different sets of Competencies?

(See also under ‘Standards’)
The AHPCC pioneered professional standards for chaplains working in hospice / palliative care in 2003, revising them in 2006. A set of competencies was also developed in partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2004; outlining what would be expected of anyone working in palliative care.
When NHS Scotland adapted the AHPCC standards, they also produced a set of Competencies specifically for healthcare chaplains, but working in all areas of healthcare.
In 2009, the UKBHC (UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy) adopted both the standards and competencies from NHS Scotland.
In 2010 NHS Wales also adapted the NHS Scotland version, while altering some of the terminology.

How do the Competences relate to the Chaplaincy Standards?

(See also under ‘Standards’)
Each set of Chaplaincy Standards addresses the nature and quality of the service that a chaplaincy department should provide, while the corresponding Competencies relate to the individual chaplain’s role and ability.  Each section of the Competencies has links to show which Standards it applies to. At present, the Competencies apply to the basic ‘qualified chaplain’ level. These may later be expanded to cover leadership or specialist aspects (e.g. palliative care).

Which Competencies should I use?

All three published Chaplaincy Competencies are similar, while the Marie Curie Competencies are more geared to the wider multi-disciplinary team.

icon_pdf Marie Curie (2004) Spiritual & Religious Care Competencies in Specialist Palliative Care

icon_pdf Marie Curie (2004) Spiritual & Religious Care Competencies Audit Tool

icon_pdf NHS Scotland (2007) Spiritual and Religious Care Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains

icon_pdf UKBHC (2010) Spiritual and Religious Care Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains

icon_pdf NHS Wales (2010) Guidance on Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains / Spiritual Caregivers in Wales