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Perspectives, Our Faith & Belief Traditions


As with all immigrant populations, it has taken 2-3 generations for the British Hindu community to first find its feet and establish itself economically...

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There are three Christian chaplaincy organisations represented at the Network...

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The UK Sikh Healthcare chaplaincy group was formed in 2005 to help support the delivery of NHS chaplaincy services for the Sikh community...

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Bahá’ís believe in the fundamental unity of people, religions and God, and actively work towards social justice and world peace...

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The Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group established an endorsing process and endorsement body in 2004 for Buddhist Chaplains...

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Jewish Visiting (formerly known as Jewish Visitation) was established in 1875 to provide chaplaincy services to Jewish patients in hospitals in London and the surrounding areas...

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A healthcare chaplain who is representing the Muslim community will demonstrate the appropriate religious knowledge, principles, and practices...

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A healthcare chaplain representing the Jain community has to have knowledge of Jain principles and be known in the local community...

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According to the 2011 Census, there are at least 54,000 Pagans in England and Wales. The true numbers of Pagans are likely to be significantly larger...

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Non religious people may typically think for themselves about what is right and wrong, based on reason and respect for others...

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A Message from our Chair
Mark Burleigh
‘We are a unique network of people with diverse opinions and beliefs, but are united in our objective in achieving equality of access to exceptional pastoral, spiritual, and religious care across all healthcare settings".
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NHS Pastoral Support making a real difference ...

“I was feeling very lonely, and didn’t have anyone to talk to because my English isn’t very good, but when I saw this lady – who spoke to me in Panjabi, I felt uplifted. She explained to me that she was a Sikh Chaplain and who visits people in hospital to see how they are doing and to offer support. We spoke for a long time and she really listened and cared. I asked her to tell the staff that I am a vegetarian and do not eat meat, which includes no eggs nor fish.”

Quote from Patient - Sikh Hospital Chaplaincy
'I was worried about being in hospital on Shabbat but the Jewish Chaplain was able to make all the arrangements for me' Quote from Patient - Jewish Visiting
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‘As a non-religious person I didn’t realise that chaplaincy was for me. The support I received during my treatment helped me to get through one of the most challenging times in my life’ Quote from Humanist Patient
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I was somewhat surprised, and rather delighted as it turned out, to be approached by a Buddhist Chaplain while recovering in hospital. I had no idea there were Buddhist Chaplains in the NHS!

I asked if the chaplain could offer some meditation practice and, despite our different Buddhist backgrounds, we sat and practised together. I was left with a deep sense of peace and the meeting had helped me to find the confidence to face the next challenging steps in my recovery.

Buddhist Patient in an Acute Trust setting