For patients and carers

A healthcare chaplain working on a hospital ward.

Chaplains are an integral part of healthcare teams and provide a service to patients, their carers and families. The role of chaplains is focused on the spiritual and religious domains, the way these relate to health and wellbeing, and how they can enable people to cope with the challenges and transitions that accompany illness, injury and suffering. Chaplains are trained and educated to postgraduate level through accredited university programmes that ensure chaplains meet the Capabilities and Competences for Spiritual and Religious Care in Healthcare (2015) and are safe to practice.

This means that chaplains are highly experienced at supporting people with a wide range of pastoral issues and concerns. They also have an understanding of the clinical procedures that patients undergo and the work of other healthcare professionals.

Further details of the education and training of healthcare chaplains are available here.