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Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy

.....advancing multi-faith healthcare chaplaincy.

New Guidance on NHS Chaplaincy

New Draft Guidance on NHS Chaplaincy: Meeting the Religious and Spiritual Needs of Patients and Staff
was issued on 25 June 2003

Full Text of Guidance on DoH Website

The listening exercise undertaken by the Department of Health was completed in mid-August. More than 300 comments were received most of them from people working in NHS Trusts. The main areas of comment were on the section about confidentiality (25%) and those on the overall framework and on volunteers (10% each).

A small group drawn mainly from MFGHC has been working with the Department of Health to revise the guidance in the light of these comments. The new guidance was launched on Wednesday 5th November at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

More about the Launch

Contents of Draft Guidance

1. Summary
2. 10 key roles for Chaplains
3. Foreword
4. Introduction
5. Establishing a framework for Chaplaincy - Spiritual Care
6. National panel of assessors for NHS appointments
7. Confidentiality and Data Protection requirements
8. Volunteers in Chaplaincy - Spiritual Care
9. Worship Space
10. Training & Development to support the Chaplaincy Team
11. Bereavement Services
12. Emergency Planning
13. Conclusion
14. Annex 1 - Framework for Calculation of Total Chaplaincy
15. Annex 2 - Working Party Members and Consultees
16. Contacts: Comments/Suggestions

All comments/suggestions should be submitted by 26th August 2003
Draft Chaplaincy Guidance
Room 5C05
Quarry House
Quarry Hill


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