9th August 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: August 8; August 7; August 6; August 5; August 4; August 3.
If you would like to access Tom’s earlier daily thoughts, you can find them all on his website at ‘swallowsnest’. 09/08/2020

New vacancy

Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow is advertising a part-time Band 6 post. You can access it via our vacancies page 05/08/2020

Bereavement Support research

The University of Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group is undertaking a national survey of a wide range of people who are supporting bereaved people during the pandemic.  They would be very grateful if you could complete the anonymous survey, which takes less than five minutes to complete. 04/08/2020

Article by Karen

Those of our members who are also registered with CHCC may be aware that the Health and Social Care Chaplaincy journal has produced an issue related to COVID 19 experiences. Karen Murphy has written an article for the journal called ‘Death and Grieving in a Changing Landscape’. For those who receive the journal, you will have access online to read it. A printed version of the journal will be produced in due course but I will see if we can post the article as a resource. 30/07/2020

Covid-19 Latest Information

With many new items about Covid-19 appearing, we have created a dedicated Section on our News Page, where you can find them all in one place.
The UKBHC has also circulated some ethical guidelines relating to Covid-19, and literature relating to them, to all healthcare chaplains.
You can access all these on our News Page – Coronavirus section. 27/07/2020

Steve Nolan article in the Nursing Times

Steve Nolan of Princess Alice Hospice has also recently had a useful article published in the Nursing Times, ‘No Healthcare Worker should have to cry alone’. 20/07/2020

UKBHC Registrar

We’ve recently heard from the UKBHC that the current Registrar, Revd Mark Rodgers, is stepping down in March 2021, and they are now in the process of looking for his replacement. If you would be interested in this role, or know of someone who us, please contact UKBHC Secretary Revd Derek Johnston. although this isn’t a paid position, it carries considerable responsibility, and you can access furthe information via our Current Vacancies page. 14/07/2020

President’s letter

Karen has just written her latest update, which you can find on the President’s page. 08/07/2020

New publication

Congratulations to AHPCC Exec member Leon Dundas, who has contributed a chapter to the newly-published ‘Colorizing Restorative Justice’. At present, this has only been published in the US, and is available in the UK as an e-book only. The black lives matter campaign has brought racism and justice concerns to the forefront in recent weeks, and as healthcare professionals we ought to be especially aware of and responsive to equality and diversity issues. You can find out more about this book on our books and reviews page. 06/07/2020

Freedom to Speak champions

Steve Nolan of Princess Alice Hospice would like to contact any Freedom to Speak champions in their hospice? If you are a Freedom to Speak champion in your hospice, or want to know more, please get in touch with Steve via this link. 03/07/2020

‘Post-Slavery Syndrome’ module

Post-Slavery Syndrome: Exploring The Clinical Impact Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. This is an online training module, looking at the impact of the transatlantic slave trade from a psychotherapeutic perspective, and how its legacy affects our clinical practice today. Provided by Confer UK, there is free access until July 31st. 29/06/2020

ERICH Research into Chaplaincy during the Covid-19 pandemic

In June we promoted the ERICH research into the role of chaplaincy during the Covid-19 crisis. After the surveying phase, we received this update:
We are very grateful to share with you that the Survey of chaplain activities during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic was completed by 1657 participants! We hope to share the first results with you soon. But for now we would like to say to everyone who participated, and to everyone who helped to disseminate the survey: thank you very much! The survey truly was worldwide. Chaplains from 37 countries participated. Of the participants 44% came from North America and almost as many came from Europe. Over 12% came from Australia. Other participants came from Asia, Africa and South America.
With warm regards,
  Professor Anne Vandenhoeck, KU Leuven, Belgium director of ERICH
  Professor Austyn Snowden, Napier University, Scotland, senior researcher ERICH
  Joost Verhoef, chaplain OLVG Amsterdam, Netherlands, coordinator ERICH. 24/06/2020

Training Events

We’re beginning to get notice of training events again – not surprisingly these are webinars that you can attend online, but if you’re interested (and maybe needing to boost your CPD!) it’s worth keeping an eye on the Training Events page – we’ll try to make it clear whether or not an event is online. 19/06/2020

Humanist UK Memorial Service

Humanist UK is holding a National Memorial Ceremony on June 23rd (marking three months since the lock-down) to create a space for everyone – non-religious and religious alike – who has been impacted by loss at this time. 19/06/2020

BBC News Interview

Well done to Karen Murphy for her contribution on the BBC News Channel and World News this morning (June 17th) as part of a longer article on the role of chaplaincy around the world responding to Covid-19 – as well as Karen’s contribution, it was so good to see the wider view and also UN recognition for the part that healthcare chaplains play, and should be allowed to play! If you missed it, you may still be able to catch it on BBC iPlayer, on the 10.00 News Chaneel recording, about 35 minutes in. 17/06/2020

Book Review

There’s a new member’s review of Douglas Pett’s (2015) ‘The healing tradition of the New Testament’. You can find this on our Book and Journal Reviews page. 17/06/2020

New Vacancy

St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie have posted a vacancy for a Band 6 Chaplain. There’s more details on our Current Vacancies page. 16/06/2020

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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