President’s Letter March 2024

Dear Friends

The Exec has been busy behind the scenes putting the finishing touches to this year’s conference and at our last meeting there was a palpable sense of excitement amongst us, not only in terms of our theme and contributors, but also from knowing that the conference will be a chance for many of us to catch up again, face to face.

In contrast to our sense of excitement about the conference, some of our other business has been much more sobering, and is a source of concern for all of us as an association. In this letter I want to update you about the conference and put you in the picture regarding our recent concerns.

CONFERENCE UPDATE:

  • Only a few spaces left – because we have needed to hold a smaller conference this year, places are running out quickly. So, if you would like to come, please book ASAP to avoid disappointment. Check out our conference page for more information and booking forms. Our 2024 conference is now sold out.
  • Tech support – if you are planning to come to conference and would like to join our technical team please email Moorin for more information: babawale@ahpcc.org.uk
  • Conference Collage – in order to explore our theme in different ways we would like to invite all of our delegates, to bring to conference a visual representation on our theme of Spiritual Distress. It could be a photo you’ve taken, a picture that you’ve painted or something that you’ve come across in a book or magazine. At the beginning of the conference we will put all of our contributions together to create a collage which will be a talking point throughout our time together (contributions can also be 3D, but please don’t bring anything bigger than 50cm x50cm)!

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RECENT CONCERNS:

Over recent weeks we have been made aware that 5 of our Hospice Chaplaincy colleagues who were working for Sue Ryder have been made redundant. Along with colleagues from CHCC and the FCG we have tried to advocate on their behalf but to no avail.

As an Exec, we are looking at ways in which we can use our time and resources as effectively as possible in the future to support our members, so we will be bringing some of our ideas for discussion to this year’s conference. In the meantime, please remember those 5 chaplains, the patients and families who were and would have been in their care, and the management of Sue Ryder in your thoughts and prayers.

And until we meet again, may you go well, and may you go gently,

Jill


Chaplaincy Forum

The Chaplaincy Forum for Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care in Health met on 2 May 2024 and shared 5 points for information, which can be found on our UKBHC and other Organisations page.


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