The Register

Administering a register of healthcare chaplains is a core function of the UKBHC.  The register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

The UKBHC maintains a professional register in order to demonstrate the accountability of healthcare chaplains to the patients and their carers, to employers and to colleagues in healthcare chaplaincy and in other healthcare professions.  The maintaining of a register will, in turn, promote high standards of practice and behaviour and support professional regulation.  Chaplains approved by the Board will be entitled to refer to themselves as a ‘Board Registered Chaplain’.

Like all healthcare professionals, chaplains are required to meet educational standards, participate in training and maintain a record of continuous professional development. You can find out more about the standards of education healthcare chaplains are required to meet here.

Full registration status would indicate that a Chaplain is working within the professional parameters set down by the UKBHC and is deemed fit to practise.  In order to maintain registration a chaplain needs to demonstrate:

  • Complete, accurate and contemporary personal record
  • A Continuing Professional Development activity log
  • No known professional misconduct issues

A chaplain may have a different registration status, including ‘Registered with conditions’, ‘Suspended’, ‘Removed’ or ‘Not Registered’.

One of the major benefits of the creation and maintaining of a register of healthcare chaplains is public safety.  The UKBHC would want to hear from patients and carers who have any concerns about the fitness of any Chaplain to practise - see ‘Making a Complaint’.

Dual Registration

Some chaplains who are on the UKBHC Register also have dual registration. For professional or other reasons, they are registrants of two or more professional registers.

Some chaplains for instance also practice as counselors or psychotherapists.  In this instance a registered chaplain has trained in counselling or psychotherapy and therefore on registers in two different but allied fields.

Below are links to other professional bodies so that you may know of them and if necessary be able to access them easily to progress enquiries or complaints.

Association of Child Psychotherapists

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

BACP also hold a register which has a separate website BACP Register

British Association of Play Therapists

British Psychoanalytic Council


General Medical Council

Health and Care Professions Council

The National Counselling Society

The Nursing and Midwifery Council

UKCP who also have a specific register page UKCP Register

Professional Standards Authority



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