Advice on appointing health care chaplains in hospitals

New arrangements for the appointment of health care chaplains will come into place from 3 January 2012. A panel of health care chaplaincy appointment advisers drawn from the different religions and faiths in England will be established from whom advisers can be recommended to trusts, who seek assistance in the complex process of appointing full time chaplains to acute and mental health hospitals.

Chief executives will wish to consider these new arrangements, and the importance of providing access to faith communities to support the spiritual wellbeing of patients and staff, when commissioning services.

Read the letter to chief executives from the Churches Committee for Health Care Chaplaincy (CCHCC), the United Kingdom Board for Health Care Chaplaincy (UKBHC), the Multi-Faith Group for Health Care Chaplaincy (MFGHC), and the Church of England.

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