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Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy

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Education Committee Minutes


20th May 2003

Revd Christine Pocock (in the chair)
Mr Nizam Mohammad
HM Shafique Rahman, Co-Chair
Mr Paul Seto

In attendance:
Mr Tim Battle

EC 1/03 Welcome
Christine Pocock welcomed members to the first meeting of the Education Committee of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy.

EC 2/03 Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Revd Alan Brown, Mrs Joy Conway, Bishop Howard Tripp, and Mr Dhirendra Sanghrajka.

EC 3/03 Purpose of the first meeting
Christine Pocock explained the history and function of the Chaplaincy Education and Development Group (CEDG) and that this meeting had been intended to be joint with CEDG members. Unfortunately, some unresolved matters between the College of Health Care Chaplains (CHCC) and the Hospital Chaplaincies Council (HCC) concerning the joint training and development officer (TDO) post had made this impractical. The Co-Chairs had therefore agreed that the first meeting should be devoted solely to briefing members of the Education Committee on progress to date.

EC 4/03 Papers circulated for the first meeting
It was noted that the briefing paper on the Education Committee; the CEDG strategy paper 2001-2003; and the South Yorkshire Workforce Development Confederation (SYWDC) draft strategy "Caring for the Spirit" had been circulated with the letter convening the first meeting.

EC 5/03 CHCC/ HCC Background
There was discussion of the divergence of priorities between these two Bodies in 2002. It was reported that communication between them was poor but that efforts were being made to re-establish normal working.
It was noted that, whilst all members of CEDG (which included those from HCC and from CHCC) were committed to its function as a joint forum on education and development matters, recent events had meant that a breathing space was needed before another meeting took place. In the meantime, the MFG Education Committee had been set up and intended positively to contribute to the work of a joint forum with CEDG when CEDG reconvenes.
It was agreed that unity between CHCC and HCC was very important and that unification between CEDG and the MFG Education Committee should be the eventual aim.

EC 6/03 CEDG strategy 2001-2003
The healthcare chaplaincy training and development plan 2001-2003 was considered as this had formed the basis of strategy for CEDG. It was noted that the strategy was based upon sustaining the current content but over a three-year rolling programme; changing the content of courses to focus on chaplaincy competencies and current issues including multi-faith care; and issues about infrastructure, funding, pricing and staffing.

EC 7/03 Chaplaincy training programme 1996-2006
Tim Battle explained the main elements of the current training programme which he and his predecessor had developed.
The programme had five main elements: the introductory courses (two general, one mental health); the annual conferences (Muslim, Hindu/ Sikh); the in-service topic courses; courses directed towards strengthening competencies; and one or two other courses such as the chaplaincy vocational courses and those concerned with specialist chaplaincy (children, older people). It was noted that the numbers of delegates had peaked in 2002 (at 337) and were likely to fall back as a result of CHCC changes.
It was agreed that the transition away from general interest courses towards a more focused programme was probably correct. It was also noted that NVQs were more significant than had been the case previously and that this might enhance the value of the competency courses which Tim Battle suggested had been under-subscribed. It was agreed that the Hindu/ Sikh Chaplains day study course should seek also to meet the needs of other faith groups also.

EC 8/03 Competencies
It was noted that the Healthcare Chaplaincy Standards prepared by a joint working group of chaplaincy representatives and published in 1992 by the NHS Training Directorate were written as competencies.
Tim Battle reported that the original map had been expanded to include competencies for reflective practice and supervision agreed by CEDG and that SYWDC were proposing one also for research. He also reported that HCC had been awarded a grant to re-print the map and competencies in more accessible form and that this work would need to synchronise with SYWDC's proposal that competencies should be clear for all levels of chaplaincy.
After further discussion, it was agreed the updating of the map should be given priority so that it was comprehensive and so that elements could then be related together.

EC 9/03 SYWDC proposal for a chaplaincy career path
These proposals were supported. It was considered that the number of chaplaincy consultant posts would be few. It was also likely that the discussion of learning about religious issues would need to take longer than SYWDC milestones seemed to suggest. It was not clear how best to build in practical faith/ community-based training and experience for all faiths.

EC 10/03 SYWDC proposals for NHS trainees
These proposals were noted and the need for collaboration over course content and delivery; shared experiences and settings was supported. There was general support for the idea of mentored learning using processes of reflective practice such as clinical pastoral education.

EC 11/03 SYWDC proposals for use of competencies
These proposals were supported.

EC 12/03 SYWDC proposals for spiritual healthcare awareness
These proposals were supported and it was agreed that courses to raise awareness should be developed for NHS and Primary Care Trust Executives and for other staff.

EC 13/03 Education Committee strategy
It was agreed to write with comments to SYWDC in respect to their proposals. Tim Battle would draft a letter for comment by members and submission by end May
It was agreed to support the finalising of the competency map in the Standards Document and its constituents as soon as possible.
It was agreed to begin preparation of a resource pack about multi-faith chaplaincy for use by those at ward level. This pack would seek to draw together the various examples already in use and to highlight the best of these for general use. The final result should be published on the MFG website

EC 14/03 Date of next meetings

It was agreed that the next meetings would be 8th September (Church House) and 17th November 2003 (Tavistock Square). Both meetings would start at 11 am.

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Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy
Education Committee
LIST OF MEMBERS - December 2003

Revd Alan Brown
Mrs Joy Conway
Professor Huw Jones
Mr Nizam Mohammed
Revd Douglas Morris
Revd Christine Pocock
HM Shafique Rahman
Revd Andrew Sails
Mr Dhirendra Sanghrajka
Mr Paul Seto
Rt. Revd Howard Tripp
Ms Deborah Wheeler

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