May 15, 2021: New news and old news?

You can quickly tell whether a website is kept up-to-date by how dated its content is! And few things date more quickly than current news – other than, perhaps, predictions! As I write, the shops and cafes have recently re-opened, and we’re all looking forward to many more freedoms on May 17th.
As an experiment, I’ll leave this up till May 31st! How will / did May 17th easing of restrictions turn out? As planned? Or better, or worse, than expected? Or will / did something else take over the headlines entirely?
We can, and often need to, plan for the future, but we can rarely be certain. We are creatures of time and space, and perhaps the amusement or at times, the regrets, that hindsight brings, is our response to being reminded of our limitations.
Yet both anticipation and hindsight also point us to more; that we are able even to conceive of multiple times and places simultaneously doesn’t take us beyond the bounds of time and space, but it can give us some insight into the Eternal.
Oh, and while thinking about mid-May… hope to see you at the Conference!


Conference Arrangements for May 18-19

Everything is now in place for this year’s (online) AHPCC Annual Conference on Tuesday May 18th and Wednesday May 19th: Reframing Spiritual Care in a Palliative Setting: Responding to Changing Times.
We are delighted to welcome Heather Richardson (Joint CEO of St Christopher’s Hospice, and former National Clinical Lead for Hospice UK) and Professor Max Watson (Director of Project ECHO and Consultant in Palliative Medicine for the Western Trust, NI) as our main speakers.
Our AGM will be on the morning of Wednesday, May 19th.
Because our costs are lower than usual, this year’s Conference was offered free to members, and £10 to non-members. We are fully booked.
NB (1) If you’ve signed up for the Conference, you should have received the Zoom Codes by now; (2) Because of the numbers attending, please do allow sufficient time to check-in each day; (3) if you wish to switch to a different device, e.g. from laptop to mobile, please log out before logging back in – we only have room for one of you! (4) Please ensure that your Zoom identity matches your application form!
You can access the Conference Poster, Booking Form, Programme and other conference papers from the Conference Page. 15/5


‘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: May 14; May 13; May 12; May 11; May 10; May 9.
If you would like to access Tom’s earlier daily thoughts, you can find them on his website at ‘swallowsnest’. 15/5


New vacancy

Karis Neighbour Scheme, in Birmingham, is advertiing for a Chaplain for Wellbeing – this funded by Living Well and will involve working in the Primary Care sector. You can access further information via our Vacancies page. 13/5


Research request

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

Tom’s new book, ‘Whispers of Wisdom’, about the experience of loss, is now available. You can find the publisher’s review on our Books and Reviews page. The publisher is Wild Goose Publications. 5/5


Faith Action interview

Faih Action, a relatively new resource, is marking the launch of its new website this week, with an interview with Lord Stephen Greenhalgh, Minister for Faith. You can access this on Fruday, May 7th at 1pm at Link to Facebook for Friday’s interview. 5/5


Marie Curie Report for 2020

The 2020 Marie Curie Reportcontains some very telling statistics on the impact of the Covid pandemic on palliative care servics in the UK. It’s available via our News Page. 16/4


Post-Graduate HealthCare Chaplains training course

There are repeat open days on April 26th and May 13th, for anyone considering the Post-Graduate Healthcare Chaplaincy course run by Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals. For more information, click here. 16/4


AHPCC President’s letter

Karen has just written her latest letter, which will be the last before she ‘hands on the baton’ at next month’s AGM. Thanks, Karen for all you’ve done for thr AHPCC over the last six years!
You can find this on the President’s page. 10/4


News of former members

Bob Whorton, who’s one of this year’s conference chaplains, now runs a reteat 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. 10/4


Music for the soul

Keith Judson has been involved with the Welfare for Healthcare project, which is currently posting a song a day on YouTube. Keiths contributed one of his songs, dedicated to his hospice, Mary Stevens Hospice; you can hear it on YouTube here. 1/4


Palliative Care Book Sale

Books You Need, who have provided bookstall material in previous conferences, are having a clearance sale. If you’re interested, check out their website at the Books You Need website. 1/4


Chaplaincy Forum update

The Healthcare Chaplaincy Forum for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care Terms of Reference have now been published and are available on our Chaplaincy Organisations page. 1/4


ERICH Research Findings Published

ERICH conducted a major international research study into the role of Chaplains during the first wave of the Covid Pandemic. The findings have now been published, and you can access both the Article and the Press Release for this via our News Page. 26/3


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.


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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