ERICH, the European Research Institute for Chaplaincy in Healthcare, works closely with the European Network of Healthcare Chaplains, which the AHPCC is part of. It promotes Spiritual Care research throughout Europe.  You can download the latest ERICH Newsletter here.

Current Research

At present, several UK hospices are contributing to research into the Specialist Spiritual Care Performance-Related Outcome Measure (PROM) Project, which seeks to provide a validated tool capable of demonstrating the effectiveness of chaplaincy interventions. This is a major international research project that several of our members are involved with, and Austyn Snowden, one of the lead researchers will be bringing us up to date with its progress at our annual conference.
ERICH is involved with this, as are several health authorities. You can access more in-depth PROM Information here.

Bereavement Support survey

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. We would be very grateful if you could complete the anonymous survey (see table below) which takes less than five minutes to complete.

Research requests, and information about individual ongoing projects.

Ongoing Research
Author(s)Title or SubjectInformationLinksTime frame
Austyn Snowden,
Napier University, Edinburgh
Chaplaincy PROM (Performance Related Outcome Measure)Seeking additional hospice chaplains to conduct trialsExplanatory presentationOngoing trial
University of Cambridge Palliative and End of Life Care Research GroupNational survey of a wide range of bereaved support during the pandemic. Request for particpartionShort questionnaire Request posted August 2020