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Perspectives, Our Faith & Belief Traditions


A healthcare chaplain representing the Jain community has to have knowledge of Jain principles and be known in the local community to be of good social standing. This is evidenced in their reference from the leader of their local community, and is demonstrated in their behaviour with friends and members of the community. Knowledge of scriptures and rituals is preferable but not essential as the candidate is given appropriate training.


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A healthcare chaplain who is representing the Muslim community will demonstrate the
appropriate religious knowledge, principles, and practices. The person must have a qualification in either
religious seminary or chaplaincy training, and must demonstrate personal integrity, upright conduct, and
strong religiosity. They will have a faith background that reflects the community that s/he is expected to serve,
as well as being known and respected within that community.

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Jewish Tradition

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. The service is run by the United Synagogue, but it is a cross-communal service covering all sections of the Jewish community, available to anyone who says they are more btn blue

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Christian Traditions

There are three Christian chaplaincy organisations represented at the Network. There is no specific Orthodox representative. Please click below for further information.


Roman Catholic

Free Churches

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Buddhist Traditions

BUDDHIST HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY GROUP (BHCG) established an endorsing process and endorsement body in 2004 for Buddhist Chaplains working across a variety of healthcare settings. BHCG has regularly endorsed applicants since 2012 and provides mentor support, training and supervision for those engaging with healthcare chaplaincy.

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Hindu 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 and to secondly, provide a secure path for its new generations to become educated. Now the task remains to create new mechanisms and processes for the Hindu community to look after its aged, infirm and unwell.

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Sikh Tradition

The UK Sikh Healthcare chaplaincy group (UK SHCG) was formed in 2005 to help support the delivery of NHS chaplaincy services for the Sikh community. It is a registered charity operating from head offices in London. The trustees are from a wide range of backgrounds but all are either trained or current volunteers associated with chaplaincy more btn blue



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Bahá’í Tradition

Bahá’ís believe in the fundamental unity of people, religions and God, and actively work towards social justice and world peace, notably through community building activities, focusing on devotion and education. The community is administered by elected councils (Assemblies) at local and national more btn blue

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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; find meaning, beauty and joy in the one life we have, without the need for an afterlife; look to science instead of religion as the best way to discover and understand the world and believe people can use empathy and compassion to make the world a better place for everyone. read more btn blue


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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