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Authorisation and Regulation Project - Survey of Chaplains

The MFGHC paused its authorisation and regulation project in August 2011 in order to take stock of the views of chaplains. The stock-take included a survey of chaplains of which this report is the outcome. The Executive Committee agreed that the report should be made available widely and that it should be sent to all chaplaincy bodies for information and necessary action. The report will also be discussed between MFGHC and UKBHC and a copy is to be sent to the Department of Health.

[1 January 2012]

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‘Celebrating Multi-Faith Chaplaincy in Healthcare'

To recognise the unique contribution Multi-Faith Chaplaincy makes to the care of the patients within the NHS the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy held a Reception on Thursday 24th December 2011 at the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House in the Palace of Westminster. Aptly titled as ‘Celebrating Multi-Faith Chaplaincy in Healthcare' the event was held during the National Inter-Faith Week 2011.

A colourful brochure was handed to the participants with messages of good will from national faith leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi.

[More]

[December 2011]

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Statement after terrorist action in Norway

The Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy deplores the murder of innocent Norwegian citizens by terrorist action on Friday 22nd July 2011. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones or suffered in this terrible assault. We pray that the faith and beliefs of the Norwegian people will surmount the outrage committed against them.

The Vice Chairman, Revd Fr. Paul Mason said "we very much hope that all those who have suffered through this terrible atrocity will be able to pick up their daily routine of living without lasting damage. We know that their community will provide the care and support they need and we send them our best wishes".

[26 July 2011]

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Booklets about authorisation and standards

Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy has circulated two booklets about healthcare chaplaincy. The first concerns the authorisation of chaplains; the second sets out standards based on current good practice.

[December 2010]

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MFGHC seeks new or updated resouce material

In 2004 the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy put together a list of resources, examples of good practice and guidelines based on practical experience, so that they could be made available nationally through the Group’s website.
It has been suggested that there now may be more up-to-date examples available.  Revd Debbie Hodge, the Co-chair of the Education committee has now written to chaplains and chaplaincy contacts asking for new material.  [Letter]

[September 2010]

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MFGHC offers joint working with UKBHC

Revd Mark Fisher, the Chair of the Churches Committee for Hospital Chaplaincy invited UKBHC and MFGHC to a meeting as part of an initiative to stimulate partnership working between them. The meeting of representatives from both organisations and with representatives of the College of Health Care Chaplains took place in July 2010. During the meeting, MFGHC formulated an offer of joint working which they have asked UKBHC to consider. [Details of the offer]

[July 2010]

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Impact of Anglican Chaplaincy Review Group on MFGHC

Chairman of MFGHC, Mr Manhar Mehta has written to Council members about the impact on the MFGHC of the work done by the Anglican chaplaincy review group which was published recently

[Text of letter]

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Discussions planned over healthcare chaplaincy standards in England

Chairman of MFGHC, Mr Manhar Mehta has written to Chief Executives of SHAs, PCTs, NHSTs, FTs seking their response to the draft statement of standards for healthcare chaplaincy. This statement was agreed with healthcare chaplains and chaplaincy bodies in 2005 but the consultation with the wider NHS was postponed because of the intensity of the modernisation agenda at that time.

[February 2010]

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Essential Requirements for Volunatry Muslim Healthcare Chaplains

Muslim Chaplaincy is a role that is at its core spiritual and religious. The attending of the sick, visiting those who may be at the end of life and supporting families of a deceased are all praiseworthy deeds when done with sincerity and hope for reward. Volunteering is also a very commendable vocation and encouraged within Islam. Someone who is able to combine chaplaincy and volunteering is indeed in a fortunate and privileged role.
Muslim Chaplaincy Volunteers within the NHS will be expected to abide by all the policies and procedures within the place of work that they intend to volunteer. Additionally, in terms of the nature of this role being religious and spiritual, the following requirements are also expected to be adhered to as a Muslim Chaplaincy Volunteer. [More]

[September 2009]

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THE CONTRIBUTION OF OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO CHAPLAINCY EDUCATION

The purpose of this note was to record the efforts which other stakeholders have made to develop and foster chaplaincy education, training and development. Although much of the effort is reported under the NHS Project, those involved have also undertaken work with other organisations and bodies. In particular, the Education Committee of the MFGHC has been supported in its work to focus on preliminary chaplaincy training by members drawn from across the NHS and HEIs. [Text]

Revd E J Lewis

[January 2009]

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MFGHC submits evidence to All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy

The paper sets out the evidence which the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC) submitted to the enquiry launched in August 2008 by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (APG). The document describes the current state of chaplaincy-spiritual care ; the direction which the MFGHC considers should now be taken ; and the challenges such progress would have to overcome.

pdf icon Full text of the submission

[October 2008]

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Appointment to Chaplaincy Posts - An Update on Best Practice

Chaplains and other bodies have received this letter from the Chief Officer MFGHC recently.

[September 2008]

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Royal College of Nursing backs Chaplains

At their  Congress this year (30 April 2008) the RCN voted by 97.11% to support the provision of chaplains and chaplaincy in the NHS. For details of the debate go to : http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/congress/2008/webcast Wed 30 April Resolution 15 A loss of Faith

[May 2008]

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Report published on the potential for efficacy of healthcare chaplaincy and spiritual care provision in the NHS (UK)

A Scoping Review Of Recent Research By Dr Harriet Mowat (January 2008)

Executive Summary

This is the report of the Review of recent research into the potential for Efficacy of Healthcare Chaplaincy in the NHS (the Efficacy Review). The Efficacy Review was commissioned in 2006 as part of the Caring for the Spirit NHS Project led by NHS Yorkshire and the Humber. The report comprises .five sections with supporting annexes.

The NHS has laid down a requirement that health service treatment should be evidence based and this Review identifies and codifies this evidence. Against a background of evidence for the importance of spiritual care within health care, the evidence base for healthcare chaplaincy is limited for a number of reasons which are discussed throughout the report, and is focused on particular topics. There is thus a need for additional research and the areas on which this may concentrate are set out in later sections.

Section Two explains the context in which chaplaincy is provided in the NHS. The changes in the NHS matching changes in society are also matched in healthcare chaplaincy. In particular, the development of a multi-faith society has challenged chaplaincy to update its structure and to evidence its knowledge and skills. Whilst these changes have progressed, healthcare chaplaincy has moved from an assumption of presence to affirming a case for chaplaincy of which this Review is part.

The methods used to undertake this Review are set out in Section Three. The process followed was adapted from that used by the Joanna Briggs Institute for evidence-based practice which offers an opportunity to expand the scope for searching in fields where there is little research activity. The process used is an analysis of all the available literature (that is, evidence) using criteria for judgment of its usefulness and relevance to healthcare spiritual practice.

The results of the Review (Section Four) are categorised in the main topic areas of the articles reviewed. This categorization sets out a map by which the developing interests and concerns of healthcare chaplains can be plotted. The research literature is listed in the review annexes and as it stands does not directly or substantially address the issue of efficacy in healthcare chaplaincy. For this reason, proposals for a research strategy are included in Section Five.

In Section Five, the Review considers the current profile of chaplaincy research against the patient's journey in healthcare settings. Associations are made between the patient's journey and chaplaincy-spiritual care and a model is offered which suggests research topics to sit alongside the patient pathway. The research strategy proposes that the gaps in the evidence base can be filled through a focus on research into patient outcomes.

Full Text

[February 2008]

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Draft Report Published
Improving Healthcare Chaplaincy Services:
a guide for commissioners

The purpose of this work is to provide guidance to commissioners about chaplaincy-spiritual care provided in healthcare settings. The work itself has been undertaken by a group of chaplains working within a brief prepared as part of the Caring for the Spirit NHS Project led by NHS Yorkshire and the Humber.

pdfg icon Full Text of the Report

[January 2008]

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Cancellation of the 
MFGHC's Conference for Chaplaincy Bodies 

The MFGHC has cancelled plans for its Conference in May as one of the larger chaplaincy bodies (the College of Health Care Chaplains) has declined to take part .  The Council had  hoped that the Conference would serve as a way to bring  all the  chaplaincy bodies together. It accepts that  the proposals made in the Mirfield Report  2006 for partnership working  of which this Conference was a part can not to be pursued on this occasion.

The May Conference is being replaced by a Day Conference on Leadership which will take place in June at Church House, Westminster. The outline programme includes presentations on NHS leadership competences and surviving the current difficult financial times with a more general discussion of future challenges to healthcare chaplaincy.

[2 April 2007]

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RECEPTION TO MARK THE ELECTION OF HONORARY OFFICERS 2007-08

Mr Sital Singh Maan and Professor Christine Beasley
Mr Maan and Professor Beasley at the Reception

More pictures of the reception

The Council of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy held a small Reception for members on Wednesday 24th January 2007 to mark the election of Honorary Officers for the period 2007-08.

The Reception was attended by Professor Christine Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Health. In welcoming the new Officers, Mrs Beasley said:

“I am pleased to add my congratulations to those of your Council on these elections. We value the work undertaken by the Multi-Faith Group, much of which is undertaken on a voluntary basis, and I look forward to hearing about your work in the coming years.”

In response, Mr Sital Singh Maan, Chairman of the Multi-Faith Group, said: “I am grateful for the good wishes expressed today and for the support shown by both the Department of Health and NHS Yorkshire and the Humber for our work.”

“We are making steady progress to improve the availability of world faith chaplains within the NHS and I am encouraged that this work is regarded as an important contribution to healthcare.”

 

The elected honorary officers for the 2007-08 are as follows:

Chair:
Mr Sital Singh Maan

Vice-Chair:
Mr Manhar Mehta

Co-Chair, Education Committee:
HM Shafique Rahman, Revd Debbie Hodge

Co-Chair, Standards Committee:
Mr Ron Maddox, Revd Bob Evans

The MFGHC was established in 2002 and comprises representatives of the nine World faith communities with chaplaincy and NHS bodies.

About MFGHC

More pictures of the reception

[25 January 2007]

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QUALITY STANDARDS FOR HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY

Mr Sital Singh Maan, Acting Chairman of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy, has written to Chief Executives of NHS Authorities and Trusts in England enclosing a booklet of quality standards for chaplaincy - spiritual healthcare.

The booklet will assist Trusts and commissioning bodies to establish appropriate standards for chaplaincy-spiritual care within the NHS.

The full text of the letter is below.

In approving this release, Mr Maan, said

“All patients and staff in the NHS receive benefit from the work of healthcare chaplains. This set of standards will help Trusts to set their own chaplaincy services within a national context of care and provision. We hope that all NHS Bodies will continue to value healthcare chaplaincy and the work of healthcare chaplains.”

pdf icon Draft Standards for Spiritual Healthcare (November 2006) 383KB

[5 December 2006]


 

Dear Chief Executive

Draft Standards for Spiritual Healthcare

I have please in sending you a copy of the MFGHC booklet of draft standards for spiritual healthcare. I hope you will find this helpful in providing chaplaincy-spiritual care services for all users.

The standards herewith are draft standards prepared following a listening exercise with healthcare chaplains and chaplaincy bodies in 2005. At that time, we intended to continue this consultation with NHS Bodies but, faced with the current NHS agenda, concluded that it might be best to publicise the work so far and consult in more detail in due course.

I am grateful to my colleagues on the Standards Committee who have worked hard to bring this work to a conclusion. I am grateful also to those chaplains and others across the NHS who have contributed to these standards.

Yours sincerely

Chairman

Distribution: Chief Executives of StHAs, PCTs and NHSTs in England

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Chairman of MFGHC Rabbi Martin van den Bergh writes to Mr M O'Riordan Chair, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust concerning chaplaincy services.

Dear Mr O'Riordan

Healthcare Chaplaincy
in the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

I am writing to let you know that the Council of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy met today and received reports of progress within your Trust over the provision of chaplaincy services. We hoped that the Trust would change its approach to this important service and continue its provision through direct employment of healthcare chaplains.

The Council welcomed the news that the Trust had been able recently to review the resourcing of the chaplaincy service with the Chaplaincy Team Leader. It is to be hoped that such a review might lead to a moderating of the approach to chaplaincy in the current financial crisis. The prospect of denying patients and staff access to chaplaincy services in the way proposed is detrimental both to patient care and also to the reputation of the Hospitals and their services.

We are mindful that no other Trust has managed its finances by completely removing a clinical service from their portfolio of patient services. Healthcare chaplaincy cannot be provided by an inexperienced and ill-prepared workforce and we ask that your Trust considers carefully whether your alternative service model as proposed is feasible. We consider that the provision of NHS care should be holistic and include spiritual care, and also that NHS care should respect the dignity of those who wish to follow a particular spiritual tradition whether or not that was founded within one of the world faiths.

Many of our members were involved in the development of the most recent Department of Health Guidance about chaplaincy published in late 2003. We consider that the development of a multi-faith chaplaincy service is important for NHS care and we are less concerned about the way in which this is delivered and the particular resources devoted to it. These latter issues are for local determination but we would be very concerned if the policy guidance itself was flouted and the important issues about access were set aside.

I should be very grateful if your Board would review its decisions relating to its chaplaincy in light of these comments. I should be happy to expand on any of these comments if that would be of assistance.


Yours sincerely


Rabbi Martin van den Bergh

Chairman

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Chairman of MFGHC Rabbi Martin van den Bergh writes to Rev Chris Swift the President of the College of Health Care Chaplains

23 June 2006

Dear Chris

The political awakening of contemporary chaplaincy – Article in CHCC Journal

While I welcome an open and mature debate on the state of healthcare chaplaincy, which your article does attempt to engage, it is important that it is void of any innuendos and misleading and contentious inferences. In this spirit I feel I must draw your attention to the misinterpretation of the role of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy in your article.

On page 61, paragraph two, you say that “the inception of the Multi-Faith Group can, in this light, be seen as an attempt to retain authority for chaplaincy through faith leadership, and reassert the model of chaplain involvement via patronage”. The Joint National Working Party that preceded the MFGHC, and evolved from the 1997 Joint Consultation, developed the NHS Chaplaincy Guidance (2003), during which for most of the time CHCC representatives were involved.

The Multi-Faith Group was formed to represent and give voice to the major faith communities within healthcare chaplaincy in recognition of the multi-faith nature of British society. It has always included representation from all Chaplaincy representative groups, including your own albeit at an observer level at your own request. The MFGHC is a valuable forum in promoting good practice through the formulation of the quality standards which have been well received, and the on-line resource centre, which has equally received wide praise.

At the heart of the MFGHC is a willingness of all stakeholders within chaplaincy, from the well-established agencies to the new-comers, to listen to each other out of a true spirit of respect and understanding of the commonality of the human spirit. It is incorrect to assume that the Group is striving to promote any particular model of chaplaincy or chaplains' involvement. Nor is it correct to assume that the Group is striving to retain the “Anglican” model of chaplaincy. While The Group is very cognisant of the historical Anglican foundations of chaplaincy, it also recognises the new realities of chaplaincy within the NHS.

MFGHC also promotes the notion that the recognition of Multi-Faith issues should be a part of the overall development of chaplaincy, and that it also should play an important part in adding to the spiritual richness of the realm of Healthcare Chaplaincy that you and I, together with all our Chaplaincy colleagues, have the privilege of being a part of.

Perhaps the time has come for the CHCC to reconsider its position viz. the MFGHC and re-involve itself fully with its activities, as do the other representative Chaplaincy organisations. With respect I do not accept your assertion that the MFGHC only covers “English” chaplaincy. We have always mirrored the NHS designations of England and Wales, as does the Healthcare Commission, recognising the different constituency of Scotland. This however does not preclude us from speaking to and learning from our colleagues beyond these borders.

I trust that you will enable the clarification of these issues, in order that the three-fold process of listening, speaking and learning can be fully engaged in a true spirit of respect and brotherly love.

Yours sincerely

Rabbi Martin van den Bergh

Chairman


Chris Swift Replies

23 June 2006

Dear Martin,

Thank you for your letter of 23 rd June.

I am very glad that you have responded to my recent article in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy , and enjoyed reading your remarks. It was my intention to promote a deeper level of reflection on current developments in health care chaplaincy, and your letter encourages me to think that I have been successful in that objective.

I have looked carefully at the section of the article to which your comments refer, and feel that it expresses a legitimate point of view based in evidence. Like you I wish to avoid any suggestion of innuendo, and for that reason my article strove to be explicit in accounting for some of the current tensions in English chaplaincy. No author can control the way their work is read, but I would suggest that you have seen in the article more than is supported by the text. For example, I did not claim that ‘the Group is striving to retain the “Anglican” model of chaplaincy'.

The CHCC National Professional Committee is pleased to have observer status on the MFG, and my article should not be interpreted as a sign of dissatisfaction with our role on the Group. Intelligent debate, and an honest sharing of how health care chaplaincy is seen at the start of the 21 st century, should be welcomed by all.

May I take this opportunity to wish you once again every blessing in your forthcoming move to Hong Kong.

With my best wishes,

Revd Dr Chris Swift
President CHCC

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Minister launches national multi-faith healthcare chaplaincy toolkit

A national web-based resource for multi-faith healthcare chaplaincy was launched recently in Doncaster by Health Minister Rosie Winterton.

Rosie Winterton (front) launching the web-based resources for MFGHC

Rosie Winterton (front) launching the web-based resources with Rev. John Palin (left), Mr Sital Singh Maan, vice chair of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (right) and members and supporters of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy.

The launch event, held at Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust, featured a presentation and demonstration of the new resources. The Minister also discussed the importance of understanding and supporting multi-faith and the role of chaplaincy within NHS trusts with chaplains and health workers across England.

Using the latest technology and helping healthcare chaplains to share best practice and research, the online toolkit has been developed by the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC) www.mfghc.com and includes search facilities for 20 faith aspects, including Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity.

Rosie Winterton said: "The resources available on the website provide a focus point for everyone to use. The sharing of practice is the ideal way to spread knowledge and continually improve the way we care for the religious and spiritual needs of both patients and staff.

"I congratulate the multi-faith group for healthcare chaplaincy, who have worked extremely hard to pool resources from NHS Trusts across the UK into a directory of information. By understanding the different approaches and dimensions of holistic care, the NHS as a whole will be in a stronger position to meet the needs of patients and staff, however diverse."

Responding to the Minister's comments, Mr Sital Singh Maan said,

“Thank you all for joining in this celebration of multi-faith chaplaincy.

“The resources which are available on our website and which are formally launched today are resources of use to chaplaincies all over the Country where patients of the world faiths are cared for in the NHS.”

“We thank all those who worked to bring these resources to their own chaplaincy services and then made them available to others. This is a wonderful example of selfless NHS partnership”.

“We pray that the example of Guru Gobind Singh whose birth anniversary we celebrate today (13 th January) may guide all of us in using these resources for healthcare chaplaincy sensitively and prayerfully”.

The website and toolkit will be used to advance multi-faith healthcare chaplaincy in England and promote understanding and support amongst faith groups, chaplaincy bodies, patients and service users.

[2 February 2006]

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LONDON BOMB ATTACKS on 7th July 2005

The members of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy extend our heartfelt prayers to those injured in the London terrorist blast, and our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones. We also extend our support to members of the emergency teams, and to our chaplaincy colleagues who are involved in bringing support and succour to both the injured and the healthcare staff.

 

Rabbi Martin van den Bergh
Chairman

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Listening exercise concerning quality standards for spiritual healthcare

The Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC) has today launched a listening exercise with chaplains and chaplaincy bodies to seek views about the draft quality standards which MFGHC is proposing to discuss with NHS bodies later in this year

In launching this period of discussion and consultation, the MFGHC Chair, Rabbi Martin van den Bergh said:

“Chaplains and chaplaincy bodies have for some years been used to discussing standards in terms of the competences required of chaplains.
We now need to move on to developing quality standards for spiritual healthcare which NHS bodies can utilise to ensure that they meet the need of their patients and users have not been set nationally.
The publication of the standards for the NHS in July 2004 demonstrated that the NHS needs standards of its own and can no longer just assume that quality is implicit.
Against this background, the MFGHC has prepared the attached set of standards which we hope will be improved and developed through this period to September.”

[Letter sent to Chaplaincy Bodies and Chaplains in England]

pdf icon Draft Quality Standards June 05 (312 KB)

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Note to Editors

•  The draft standards are available on the MFGHC website at www.mfghc.com

•  The draft standards for spiritual healthcare are derived from the NHS standards (1); the NHS policy guidance (2); and the work undertaken by South Yorkshire SHA (3 & 4). They also encompass aspects of current chaplaincy practice suggested by the small working group convened by the MFGHC Standards Committee in 2004.

Comments on the draft standards are requested by 30 September 2005.
  1. Standards for Better Health, Department of Health, July 2004
  2. NHS Chaplaincy: Meeting the religious and spiritual needs of patients and staff, Department of Health, November 2003
  3. Caring for the Spirit : A strategy for the chaplaincy and spiritual healthcare workforce, South Yorkshire WDC, November 2003
  4. National survey of chaplaincy-spiritual healthcare issues 2002/03, South Yorkshire WDC, February 2003

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Concern about removal of religious symbols and sacred texts

Statement by the Chairman of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy, Rabbi Martin van den Bergh

The Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy brings together representatives from all the major faith communities concerned with chaplaincy and spiritual care services, together with the well established healthcare chaplaincy agencies.

We are most concerned at the recent reports of NHS trusts removing religious symbols and sacred texts of any particular faith. The Group, which was launched in 2003, was preceded by a Multi-Faith Working Party, has worked tirelessly together out of a sincere mutual regard and respect for one another to produce the NHS Chaplaincy Guidance. The Group acknowledges the support and encouragement of the Hospitals Chaplaincies Council of the Church of England Synod to promote and make room for the provision of Multi-Faith chaplaincy.

Provision of Multi-Faith chaplaincy and spiritual care services should not mean that representation of one particular faith should be removed; nor that “Multi-Faith” provision should mean any one particular faith. Rather provisions, services and facilities should be made available that are appropriate to the Multi-Faith, Multi-Cultural society we live in, and it should be sensitive and patient-centred.

For further information Contact:

Rabbi Martin van den Bergh
(Mobile: 07976 389032)

[5 June 2005]

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Review Conference 2005

Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy
Review Conference 2005
Monday 6th June – 11am to 4pm
St Thomas' Hospital, London

“The Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy is holding its Review Conference 2005 at St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London on Monday 6th June 2005.

The purpose of the Conference is to provide the opportunity for reflection on the progress of healthcare chaplaincy since 1997 and to set direction for the Group's work over the next five year period.

Speakers at the Conference will include the Hon Barney Leith, Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom and Chair MFGHC Council 2003-04, Mr Mike Farrar, Chief Executive South Yorkshire SHA and Revd Mark Folland, Lead Chaplain (North West), Caring for the Spirit NHS Project.

The morning session will be chaired by Revd Sarah Mullally DBE and the afternoon by Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, Chair MFGHC Council 2005-06”. [Conference Programme] [Text of Binnenial Review]

[June 2005]

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Revision to Occupational Standards (Research)

A revison has now been made to the Occupational Standards concerning Research Standards. These are based on a paper entitled A Standard for Research in Health Care Chaplaincy by Peter W Speck (Former Health Care Chaplain, Hon. Senior Research Fellow
King's College London & Visiting Fellow, Southampton University)

  Read the paper

[26 February 2005]


Reception for New Honorary Officers of MFGHC

Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, Hon Barney Leith and Professor Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Martin van den Bergh, Hon Barney Leith and Professor Jonathan Sacks

A reception was held in the Palace of Westminister in January 2005 to mark the election of Rabbi Martin van den Bergh as Chair and My Sital Singh Maan as Vice-Chair of the Multi-Faith Group for health Care Chaplaincy. There were addresses by retiring chairman Hon Barney Leith and the Chief Rabbi, Professor Jonathan Sacks.

Other honorary officers who took up post at the beginning of January 2005 are: Co-Chairs, Education Committee HM Shafique Rahman, Mr Manhar Mehta and Co-Chairs, Standards Committee Revd Bob Evans, Mr Ron Maddox.

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The Council agreed the arrangements for
Elections of Honorary Officers
at their meeting on 12th May 2004 [Details]

[1 June 2004]


Share your knowledge and experience of
multi-faith chaplaincy

The Multi faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy is planning to put together a list of resources, examples of good practice and guidelines based on practical experience, so that they are available nationally through the Group's website. We are interested in:

A working group of members and contacts will look at the material and choose the best ways of making the resource available. Your permission will be sought to publicise / include any of your material and acknowledgements will be made.

Please send electronic versions to David Gable (training@mfghc.com) or hard copies to:

Room 369
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3NZ.

It would be particularly helpful to have your contributions by the end of June 2004

We do hope that those with the experience and expertise will be willing to share this, so that it can be of benefit throughout chaplaincy, especially in those places new to multi-faith working.

Yours sincerely

Revd Christine Pocock

HM Shafique Rahman

[11 April 2004]

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Standards for Better Health Health Care Standards for Services under the NHS -
A Consultation

The Department of Health issued Standards for Better Health
Health Care Standards for Services under the NHS
A Consultation
on 10 February 2004. These standards will form part of the framework for chaplaincy quality standards which are being drafted by the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy for discussion with NHS and chaplaincy bodies later in the year.

[10 February 2004]

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