Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains


Professional Capabalities & Competences

The Capabilities and Competences for Helthacre Chaplains (2015) framework seeks to define the capability, competence and scope of practice that are deemed appropriate for roles within the chaplaincy profession.  The indicative bands have been given in accordance with the NHS Agenda for Change job evaluation programme.  The framework sets out the knowledge and skills chaplains should be evidencing to demonstrate professional practice. Competence describes what individuals know or are able to do in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes at a particular point in time; Capability describes the extent to which an individual can apply, adapt and synthesise new knowledge from experience and continue to improve his or her performance.

In 2015 the Board published a revised Capabilities and Competences Framework for Healthcare Chaplains.  The original (2009) version was adopted from the earlier NHS Education for Scotland (2007) framework and was created for Band 6 chaplaincy appointments. This version was also adopted by the Welsh Assembly. Since 2009 the Board has developed and published a framework of Chaplaincy Levels and Duties that describes chaplaincy for Bands 5, 6, 7 and 8.  Following a workshop session at the 2014 College of Health Care Chaplains conference a consultation draft was prepared and circulated for comment.  The revised framework for Bands 5 – 8 has now been published and is available below. 

The Framework was further revised in 2017 to include Values Based reflective Practice as a recognised model of reflection.

This framework is cross-referenced to both the KSF and to the Chaplaincy Service Standards.

UKBHC Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains (2017)


Other versions noted above are available below.

Spiritual and Religious Capabilities & Compentences - NHS in Wales

 NES Chaplaincy Capabilities and Compentences