A go-to list of publications from Government, NHS, Palliative Care, Professional and Religious bodies.

Most are for information, guidance, or policy. The Standards and Competencies that we are required to comply with are listed under ‘AHPCC Publications’; however, these publications can have considerable impact on our work, and on what is expected of us.
We try to keep this up-to-date; if you are aware of publications that should be included, please let us know.


NHS England (2023) Chaplaincy Guidelines


NHS England (2022) Palliative and End of Life Care – Statutory Guidance.


NES (2021) Spiritual Care Matters – an introductory resource for all NHS Scotland staff


Hospice UK (2020) Care After Death: Guidance for staff responsible for care after death (3rd ed.)
Kings Fund (2020) The Courage of Compassion – a report on wellbeing within the nursing profession.
Network for Pastoral, Spiritual, and Religious Care in Health (2020) Fit for the Twenty-First Century? The State of Inclusion for Acute NHS Chaplaincy Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care Services in England
NHS Scotland Palliative Care Guidelines Undated, as the guidelines are kept current online.


NHS England (2019) Information Governance: NHS Chaplaincy and Non-Religious Pastoral Support – Data protection clarification.


Public Health England (2016) Faith at end of life: A resource for professionals, providers and commissioners working in communities

2015 and earlier

NHS (2015) Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015: Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care
National End of Life Care, Dying Matters, University of Nottingham (2014) Planning for your future care
DoH (2012) First national VOICES survey of bereaved people
SPPC (2012) Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief – Information leaflets
DoH (2011) Bereavement care services: a synthesis of the literature
DoH (2011) Spiritual Care at the End of Life: a systematic review of the literature
NICE (2011) Quality Standards for End of Life care
Scot Gov (2011) Shaping Bereavement Care
Scot Gov (2009) Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy
DoH (2008) End of life care strategy
NES (2008) Religion and Belief Matter
NES (2007) A Multifaith Resource
Collins (2007) NHS Hospital Chaplaincies in a multi-faith society