Standards Committee


Mr Ron Maddox, Revd Fr Paul Mason

Membership of the Committee:

The Chairs plus 9 members, 4 from the Council and the remaining members from other bodies representative of healthcare chaplaincy.



The Chaplaincy Education and Development Group (CEDG) first published this statement of healthcare chaplaincy occupational standards in 1993 on behalf of the churches and chaplains. It was updated by CEDG in 2002 via a small sub-group for whose work CEDG is very grateful.

The occupational standards describe the performance expected in a given work role. Each of the components of a work role is described in terms of the outcomes that should be achieved, and the range of situations in which a competent practitioner would be expected to be able to perform. Finally, for each element, the knowledge which underpins satisfactory performance of the role is stated.

The statement of occupational standards provides an effective way in which healthcare chaplains can describe their work to others. This statement links into the Knowledge and Skills Framework recently published by the Department of Health as part of the agreement to Agenda for Change. Work is being commissioned by South Yorkshire Workforce Development Confederation to prepare a set of national occupational standards for the spiritual healthcare workforce to which this statement will also contribute.

Trainers may use the statement of standards to design training which develops the competence of candidates in line with the requirements of the standards. Such training may be developed to enable candidates to learn or refresh skills or may cover knowledge-based aspects either about the standards or about factors which underpin them. Knowledge of the standards is thus essential for trainers and also for chaplains and their managers who determine training and development needs.

Managers may use the structure and content of the standard to develop an overview of chaplaincy work and the various roles and job descriptions within it. They will also be able to determine standards of performance and to appraise the performance of staff. The standards can also be used to identify development and training needs and to support recruitment and selection of candidates.

Those wishing further information on the status, uses and purposes of these standards are invited to make contact with the Training and Development Office at

October 2003


1. The CEDG sub-group comprised Rev Jim Linthicum, Rev Robert Mitchell, Rev Andrew Sails, Rev Geoff Walters, and Mrs Cathy Wiles. Additional help was provided by Rev Mark Cobb, Rev Nigel Goodfellow, Rev Chris Levison, Rev Glenn Martin, Rev Mark Sutherland and Rev Chris Swift. [Back to Text]

2. The five chaplaincy work roles are to identify and assess needs for chaplaincy provision; manage and develop a chaplaincy service; provide opportunity for worship and religious expression; provide pastoral care, counselling and therapy; provide an informed resource on ethical, theological and pastoral matters. [Back to Text]