(North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire, and west of the Pennines up to Cumbria)
Rep: Chris Cheeseman.
Tel: 07803 759865


Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 25th February at Trinity Hospice, Bispham, Blackpool. We’ll be meeting from 12.00 till 3.00. Please contact Chris if you’re planning to attend.

(SW England and South Wales, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset)
Rep: Karen Murphy
Tel: 01934 423900


We have a really good group covering the South-west and South Wales. As well as recent retreats, (overnight at Ammerdown and a recent trip to Somerset) we meet early in the year just for a day, at a location more or less central to us – Weston Super Mare, and previously Taunton. Then most get together at the Conference for another catch up.
Our next meeting will take place at Weston Hospicecare on Monday, February 24th, 10.00am-3.00pm. Contact Karen Murphy for further details on 01934 423900

(Scotland, including the Northern and Western Isles)
Rep: Margery Collin, Strathcarron Hospice, Denny.
Tel: 07921 551885


We have about fifteen active members, with a typical attendance of eight to ten when we meet, three times a year. We take it turns to act as host, and to travel to each other’s hospice or unit, often travelling considerable distances to do so!
Our meetings are usually 10:30 to 3.30, and include a presentation and discussion, time for reflection, resource sharing and peer support.

AHPCC Scottish Branch Meeting, held on 3 June via Zoom

Five of us were able to join the meeting, with apologies from five more.

Our conversation naturally centred on our current situation and we found great benefit from discussing the various types of problems – infected patients, lack of visitors, PPE, reduction in day services, methods of staff support, etc – the degree to which each issue was causing angst to staff, patients, families and ourselves and the various solutions employed by different hospices according to their resources.  It was agreed that the sharing of experiences had been most useful.

Notices:  Mike asked if any Hospice would be willing to take a student on placement from Highland Theological College. The placement would be for 120 hours between now and Easter.  For further information please contact Mike.
The AHPCC website has been inundated with useful information for chaplains working under current restrictions. Please make use of this resource.
The AHPCC annual conference has been booked to take place in Swanwick from 17-19 May 2021

Future Meetings:  We were disappointed in not being able to visit Roxburghe House today but have pencilled in meeting there on Tuesday 8th September, our next scheduled date, though we suspect this will still not be possible and we will still be meeting via Zoom.
In the meantime, we have agreed to meet by Zoom once a month as we move through various phases and changes in ways of working, in order to support each other where necessary.  These monthly meetings will be 30-40 minutes, with longer for September’s scheduled meeting.  Today’s meeting lasted about an hour.
The value of Zoom is that those who might not normally join us for meetings, might do so for a few minutes just to touch base.  It would certainly be good to see more folk next time.  Our next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 7th July at 2.30pm.  Mike will organise the code and I will email it with a reminder nearer the time.

AHPCC Scottish Branch Meeting, 3 March 2020 at St Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie

There were just eight of us this time, as two regular members have recently retired from chaplaincy, with several apologies also.
George and Matthew welomed us and, after some welcome bacon rolls, we started with a ‘how are we’.  As well as peer support, this led to useful sharing of ideas.
For the main training input, George Beuken took us through an SBAR of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy in Independent Scottish Hospices, with a particular attention given to the future of chaplaincy and spiritual care in the Scottish hospices. Among other things, we noted:

(a) The impact of changes in funding for chaplaincy posts;
(b) The need to respond to changes in preferred place of care;
(c) The impact of shorter average stays in hospice;
(d) Increased bereavement support needs, and that
(e) Many serving chaplains are approaching retirement, with the consequent loss of practice experience, and a corresponding need for training and recruitment.

The SBAR might be a useful model for other groups to adapt and use, so we’ve made it available for download: AHPCC Scotland SBAR.
You can also download our responses to the questions in the Assessment section: SBAR Feedback.

(Northern Ireland and Donegal)
Rep: Doreen Draffin, Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast
Tel: 44 2890 781836


We meet three or four times a year, taking it in turn to act as host. Each meeting begins with a short reflection, followed by a teaching focus, time for discussion and fellowship over a meal.
We last met on 18th June, when we further discussed the topic of spiritual pain, or soul pain. Each of us benefited from an enlightening talk and group discussion. Our next meeting will be in October at Foyle Hospice.