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I was elected Chair of the Network in March 2020.  I aim to serve the Network to help ensure that healthcare Chaplaincy in the NHS, and other healthcare settings in England, is a beacon of diversity and inclusion.  Our vision is that patients, families and staff have the highest quality pastoral, spiritual and religious care from chaplains and Chaplaincy volunteers.  In order to make this a reality we need to ensure that the full range of religions and beliefs represented in the hospial community are a part of the chaplaincy team, on an equal footing with all their colleagues.

As I took over, the report "Fit for theTwenty-First Century? - The State of Inclusion for Acute NHS Chaplaincy Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care Services in England" had just been published.  As I see it, the first job on our agenda is to discover from the key stakeholders how they plan to respond to its many reccomendations.

Thank you for your interest and for visiting our website

Mark

 

 

The key aim of the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care in Health (NPSRCH), formerly the Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith & Belief Group, is to promote and support religious, spiritual and pastoral care in the NHS in England. ‘Chaplaincy’ is the term generally used to cover this broad range of care.

We work to facilitate a common understanding of and support for chaplaincy amongst faith and belief communities, chaplaincy bodies and other providers of religious, spiritual and pastoral care. We also work to help users of chaplaincy services to understand the nature of this care.

We provide a means of consultation between faith and belief groups about chaplaincy.

We work  in co-operation with healthcare and chaplaincy organisations, bodies and authorities providing this care.

And we support faith and belief communities in developing  their capacity to offer religious, spiritual and pastoral care through the education, training and authorisation of their chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers. We ensure that the various authorisation bodies are enabled to work together as closely as possible.

Advice for NHS England & other healthcare organisations

We provide advice to NHS England about chaplaincy, with the aim of enhancing holistic care and patient experience.

We provide a forum for advice and support to healthcare bodies and organisations within and outside the NHS;

We promote the development and sharing of knowledge and good practice through chaplaincy research projects and conferences.

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