August 2022: Website Editor wanted

After editing the website since 2011, it’s time to retire – so there’s a vacancy coming up! If you are an AHPCC member with the vision to maintain and develop this website, we would be delighted to hear from you.
As the new editor, you would need to be comfortable with IT, and the workings of a website (it’s not too difficult – I learned html from scratch to do this). As editor I’ve served both as a full member of the AHPCC Exec and also in a consultancy role, so either option might be possible.
The website took over from the old newsletter in 2010, and provides a spiritual care resource for the UK’s palliative care community, so you do need to share the AHPCC’s values and have practice experience.
As I sign off, I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but it has been a privilege!
Mike Rattenbury.


‘Thought for the day’ from Tom Gordon

Tom Gordon was the president of the AHPCC for some years, and has published several books since retiring. He has also continued to produce a daily thought every day since March 2020.
You can find Tom’s thought for today, and for previous days, here
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New Vacancies

St Helena Hospice, Colchester, has two part-time vacancies, both 22.5 hrs/week, one for a Spirituality Lead (closing date 4th September) Chaplain, and one for a Spirituality Lead (closing date 11th September).
St Barnabas House in Worthing is looking for a Pastoral Care Assistant to support their chaplain and pastoral care lead. This is a part-time post with a fixed-term contract for two years.
Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, Surrey, is advertising a part-time, fixed-term Spiritual Care post (5-6 months). The closing date for applications for this is August 21st.
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, Surrey, is advertising for a part-time Chaplain to join their team. The post is for 24 hours a week. The closing date for applications is August 17th.
You can access further information for these and other vacancies as they appear, via our Vacancies page. 8/8


Research request

Dr Lorna Rouse and the Open University’s Victoria & Stuart Project is exploring end of life care planning for people with learning disabilities. She writes, “We are keen to reach people who can tell us about whether and how the religious and spiritual needs of people with learning disabilities are considered during end of life care planning.”
If you have supported anyone with learning disabilities in planning for end-of-life care, in any setting, please spare five minutes to help with this research by completing their online survey. 8/8


New Palliative Care Guidance from NHS England

The new Statutory Guidance has recently been published by NHS England and can be found on NHS England website at Palliative and End of Life Care Statutory Guidance. 8/8


Pastoral Reflective Practice training

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge is offering training in Pastoral Reflective Practice. This will involve two weeks of training in October and the March. For more information, see the entry on our training events page. 21/7


Conference Videos

We recorded all the main presentations again this year, and the videos are now available on our YouTube site, ‘AHPCC UK’. As you’ll know if you were at The Hayes, the videos are simple, but worth watching.
– 1. Keith Morrison: ‘Setting the scene’.
– 2. Laurence McGonnell: ‘Reconnecting with our sense of identity and mission’.
– 3. Conor Carville: ‘Samuel Becket and Forms of Life and Death’.
– 4. Neil Greenberg: ‘Mental health, moral injury, and healthcare staff’.
– 5. Pádraig Ó Tuama: ‘Collect writing as pastoral and poetic work’.
– 6. Karen Murphy: ‘Standing our ground and proving our worth’.
– 7. Steve Nolan: ‘We’re already researchers – we just don’t realise it’
If you missed last year’s conference, why not catch up with those presentations, too – always available on YouTube at ‘AHPCC UK’.

In addition, we have three other items available to download:
‘Untitled’, the collective poem that we produced in Conor’s workshop;
‘Reconnecting with our sense of identity and mission’, the transcript of Laurence McGonnell’s presentation; and
‘Love’, the poem that David Buck read at the end of the conference. 4/6


Conference Bookstall

Bookmark, who brought the bookstall to the conference for us, have created a page on their website for us. The link is here: AHPCC Bookstall provision at preferential prices. 28/5


Responses to the current hostilities in Ukraine
From the Wild Goose Resource Group (Iona community)

The Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group has published a Liturgy for Ukraine, ‘Words for worship in a time of war’, which you can download here.

From the ENHCC

Dear participants of the 17th Consultation of the ENHCC on Crete, now the peace in Eastern Europe is threatened I don’t have many words. I do want to express my feelings of powerlessness to you. I think of our colleagues throughout Europe who are in the areas that are under great pressure now. Pope Francis asked the Catholics to pray and fast on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, for the people of Ukraine and for all those who suffer. All leaders of churches ask us to pray! I do think for us all it is good to join them in this initiative.
With my heartfelt greetings,
Simon Evers, Coördinator European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy. 10/3

Prayer for peace in Ukraine

Holy and Gracious God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy. Amen.


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AHPCC Membership

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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.


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