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As a public sector employer the NHS must comply with its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 without exception. It is our firm belief that all employment in pastoral, spiritual, and religious care services should be the result of a thorough patient needs assessment, and the most effective way to do that is through an evidenced based equality analysis.

In 2017, after the threat of legal challenge, the Network and the Chaplaincy Leadership Forum worked with NHS England to produce guidance to support NHS recruitment managers in conducting fair and legal recruitment of chaplains. The development of this resource was reinforced by two NHS England training days (Sheffield and London), which were made available to HR Managers and Chaplains.

We have developed a Version 2 of the Recruitment of NHS Chaplains Guidance Document, which is available for download here.