June 23, 2021: A new AHPCC Development
Good News! We have a new development to announce – that as of June 1st, we now have our own YouTube Channel. You can find our videos at AHPCC UK – this is to distinguish us from a Historical Archive in the Province of Caceres in Spain – I’ll leave you to work out the acronym! As explained at last month’s AGM, this will allow us to post video and other footage that’s too large for the website, and give us more options.
All the conference recordings from last month are now available, via our Conference Page, with thanks to all the speakers who give us their permission to do so.
It was a good conference – we were almost fully booked and needing to turn people away, and on the day we had between eighty and ninety attend (our Zoom account limits us to a hundred, including host and speakers); if you were with us, we hope you enjoyed the opportunity not only for some excellent presentations, but also to network in the groups.
St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh is advertising for a chaplain – this is a Band 6 post, very slightly part-time at 34 hours a week. The closing date is July 16th.
The closing date for the Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay vacancy is this coming weekend.
You can access further information for both these vacancies via our Vacancies page. 22/6
‘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: June 22; June 21; June 20; June 19; June 18; June 17.
If you would like to access Tom’s earlier daily thoughts, you can find them on his website at ‘swallowsnest’. 23/6
Hospice UK National Conference
HospiceUK has its National Conference in Liverpool this coming November and is inviting submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations, with a June 21 closing date – via Call for Papers.
You can access details for the conference itself via our Training Events page.
Also, for obvious reasons, we have far fewer events to advertise this year – if you are aware of further events that are relevant to hospice and palliative care chaplains, please let us know. 9/6
The Gita Project
The Gita project offers free copies of the Bhagavad Gita and other literature to be available for patients, families and staff, and would welcome enquiries. They feature on our Multi-faith Resources page. 9/6
2021 Annual Conference – a retrospective
So looked forward to, and so soon over!
While we still look forward to being together in person once more, we had a good time at our first Zoom Annual Conference. Welcome to those of you who joined us for the first time, and many, many thanks to all our speakers: to Heather Richardson and Max Watson, our main speakers, and to Bob Whorton and Tom Gordon, our joint conference chaplains. Thanks too, to everyone who joined us, contributed to all the discussions, and generally made the event a success. Also, a big ‘thank you’ to all who have retired from the Exec, and welcome to the new Exec members.
If you attended the conference, you should have had an evaluation sheet – let us know if you didn’t, as the certificates of attendance are linked to this!
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. 4/6
New members on the Exec
Welcome to our newly elected Exec, and many thanks to everyone who has stood down this year! Keith Morrison, who has been a conference organiser for the last few years, is our new president, succeeding Karen Murphy who is retiring from the Exec.
We also welcome new members Benedicto Da’Silva, Carol Lacey, John Wannacott, Lawrence McGonnell, and Tracy Robinson, and our thanks again go to Andrew Martin, David Buck, Doreen Draffin, Leon Dundas, Liz Maitland, and Margery Collin for all their hard work, commitment, and encouragement.
You can always check out who does what on the Exec on the ‘about us’ page – the new profiles are beginning to arrive. 1/6
Dr Natasha Campling is heading a research study into developing an online web resource to support families who have been bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is requesting contributors to a 15-minute survey from both bereaved families and professionals who work with bereavement. You can access a link to the survey and further informarion via our Research page 11/5
‘Whispers of Wisdom’ – a new book from Tom Gordon
Marie Curie Report for 2020
The 2020 Marie Curie Report contains some very telling statistics on the impact of the Covid pandemic on palliative care services in the UK. It’s available on our News Page. 16/4
News of former members
Bob Whorton, one of this year’s conference chaplains, now runs a retreat centre, Les Jardins des Arts, in France. He’s written to say about how they’re adapting to circumstances with a series of online retreats and creative workshops (singing, poetry, contemplation…) If you’re interested, you can find out more at his website. 12/4
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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If you’re new to this website…
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 Leonard's Hospice, York