30th September 2020: Latest News, and a plug for research

One less encouraging aspects over recent months has been more failure to understand what spiritual care is, often limiting it to religion for religious people only, rather than recognising it as a fundamental aspect of person-centred care and a key dimension of palliative care. It’s no new misunderstanding, but recent circumstances have meant it has had more impact on practice than usual in some places.
How do communicate our role? Do we overlook the value of research in this respect?
A few minutes spent responding to research requests may be time very well spent in communicating what we do. While it may not entirely resolve the lack of understanding, it will help; and if we neglect it, dare we complain that spirituality is sidelined in an evidence-based culture like healthcare?


‘Thought for the day’ from Tom Gordon

Tom Gordon is a former AHPCC president. You can find Tom’s thought for today here.
Recent thoughts: September 29; September 28; September 27; September 26; September 25; September 24.
If you would like to access Tom’s earlier daily thoughts, you can find them all on his website at ‘swallowsnest’. 30/09/2020


Chaplaincy Everywhere, ‘Wellbeing+Chaplaincy+Faith’

Chaplaincy Everywhere, a Methodist initiative, is hosting a morning webinar on October 8th. The theme concerns chaplains’ relationship to wellbeing, in both giving and receiving. There’s a link to more information and for booking a place on our Training Events page. 29/09/2020


Covid-19 Latest Information

Posts relating to Covid-19 tailed off over the summer, but with the current sharp rise in reported infections, don’t forget that we have a dedicated Section on our News Page, where you can find everything Covid-related in one place. 29/09/2020


CHCC Annual Conference, ‘Together in the time of Covid-19’

The CHCC has put together an online two-afternoon conference to run on October 20-21, as well as providing useful training and support, together with accompanying reading it’s worth 9 CPD points that will be hard to come by this year.
You can download the poster here and there’s also a link for applications on our Training Events page. 22/09/2020


President’s letter

Karen has just written her latest letter, which you can find on the President’s page. 10/09/2020


‘Rethinking Accompaniment at the End of Life’

St Mary’s University is hosting this evening webinar on September 28, looking at how Covid-19 has affected end of life care, and what we have learned from the experience. There is a very strong line-up pf contributors, and you can find a link to more information and how to apply on our Training Events page. 07/09/2020


‘Salt in a Secular Society’ by Jacki Thomas

Jacki Thomas was a hospice chaplain for some years and went on to take her PhD (‘Voicing the spiritual: a dynamic exploration and analysis of the role of the chaplain in English hospices’). She has now used stories from her research material as the basis for ‘Salt in a Secular Society’ – an exploration of discipleship in secular contexts geared to a more general readership. You can find more information in our books and reviews section. 07/09/2020


Chaplaincy – A Risky Business!

The UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy would like to invite you to join our first online engagement event that is being held on Tuesday 22nd September at 1.30pm. The theme will be the various aspects of risk that impact on our professional practice. The UKBHC will share what steps it takes to mitigate risk, and looks forward to hearing from you about the areas of risk you experience as healthcare professionals.
The aim is to connect with everyone involved in Healthcare Chaplaincy – not only Chaplains, but also Chaplaincy Support workers; Service Managers and Senior Managers responsible for the strategic development of healthcare chaplaincy.
The event will be hosted via Zoom, and you can register for it here.  Please register now. 26/08/2020


Update on the Joint Chaplains Conference in September 2021

You may be aware of plans to hold a joint conference in the Autumn of 2021 (this would involve the CHCC and MHC as well, and is separate to our own arrangements in May). The latest proposal is to scale this back to a non-residential day conference, with online access. This would be more robust, and better able to cope with changes of circumstance between now and then, while still allowing chaplains from the different associations to meet together. We’ll keep you informed as things develop. 26/08/2020


Spiritual Care Snapshots

David Buck has just produced a short series of Spiritual Care snapshots – reflections on different aspects of Palliative Care Chaplancy, with a poem to accompany each one. They simply and vividly capture the essence of the work we do. 21/08/2020


Current vacancies

We have links to several vacancies, mostly hospital-based, including in Carlisle, Hull, Sheffield, Sunderland and Warwick, bands 6 and 7. You can access these via our vacancies page 16/08/2020


Article by Karen and others

Members who are also registered with CHCC may know that the Health and Social Care Chaplaincy journal has produced an issue related to COVID 19 experiences. Karen Murphy has written one of these, ‘Death and Grieving in a Changing Landscape’. You can access this and some of the other contributions here:
Lynn Busfield: Listening on the Outside – Screaming on the Inside;
Nell Cockell – COVID-19 and Grief;
Karen Murphy – Death and Grieving in a Changing Landscape;
Graham Peacock – Mental Health Chaplaincy in the UK During COVID-19.
HSCC 8.2 (2020) 14/08/2020


AHPCC Membership

Is your AHPCC membership paid up and current? If you wish to join the AHPCC or renew your membership, you can download the Membership Form here. Membership is for the calendar year, but applications received after October 1 will cover the new year.

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