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Religion and Belief Perspectives

We champion the view that through diversity and inclusion, NHS pastoral, spiritual, and religious care services can be more effective and ensure equality for all patients, staff, families, and carers. The composition of our network embodies that view, and is an example of effective cooperation between those of different religions and beliefs, all working together for a common purpose.

Our Network Council is comprised of two members from each of the mainstream religion and belief communities, they are:

If you would like further information about any of the perspectives listed, please email , and we will put you in touch with the most appropriate person to respond.

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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