September 19, 2021: Building Bridges?
The bridge in the photo was built by Sir John Fowler, who later designed the Forth Bridge – it’s a very rare lenticular truss bridge, made of wrought iron over a hundred and fifty years ago, and which most people drive past without even noticing. However, once you realise it’s there, you can’t not notice it!
In terms of building bridges, and being bridges – both the functions they have, and their intrinsic beauty in many cases – bridges are full of rich and varied symbolism for spiritual care. But surprisingly, this seems to be a symbol that hasn’t been overused here. As you read this, you might like to reflect on some the different ways that bridges can provide insights into the roles we have, the challenges we face, and how we can respond to them: Hope… Reconciliation… A way forward…
St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne, Sussex, has just posted a vacancy for a permanent full-time chaplain. The closing date is September 30.
You can access further information for this and all other vacancies via our Vacancies page. 15/9
‘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 18; September 17; September 16; September 15; September 14; September 13.
If you would like to access Tom’s earlier daily thoughts, you can find them on his website at ‘swallowsnest’. 19/9
Former AHPCC President Karen Murphy’s interview on TWR-UK on the current assisted dying debate
Karen spoke on TWR-UK today about the current push to legalise assisted dying. TWR-UK has since posted the interview on their YouTube page, which you can access from this link. 10/9
Association for Chaplaincy in General Practice (ACGP)
The ACGP had their annual conference in January, and have recently posted their presentations on their website, acgp.co.uk. Their conference theme concerned how social prescribing and primary care chaplaincy can enable more effective care for the whole person. Keynote speakers included Helen Stokes Lampard and Bishop James Newcome. As well as being worth watching in their own right, and a useful insight into chaplaincy in general practice, they might be a useful back-up to members’ CPD. 27/7
We welcome Keith Morrison as our new president, and Keith has just posted his first president’s letter, which you can find in the ‘About us’ section. 23/7
2021 Annual Conference
All the presentation material is now available, and you can access both the slides and the videos via our Conference Page.
Next year, we hope to be back at the Hayes – don’t forget to put the dates (May 23rd-25th, 2022) in your diary. 20/7
Covid-19 Latest Information
Posts relating to Covid-19 tailed off over the summer, but with the current sharp rise in reported infections, there have been several new items. Also, with the rollout of vaccinations and an expansion in asymptomatic testing, these should become available to everyone working with patients, in any setting and in any capacity. We have a dedicated Section on our News Page, where you can find everything Covid-related in one place.
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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Whether you’ve worked in palliative care for years or you’re new in post, we hope you find this website helpful. It’s regularly updated, and alerts also appear on Facebook, especially for new vacancies. Contributions of articles and resources are welcome. New items appear on this page for six to eight weeks, but after that, you can still find most of them in the main body of the website. Gary and Mike.
In your prayers today please remember the patients, staff and volunteers of St Helena Hospice, Colchester, Essex