London South Bank University

Post-Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy

& Post-Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Care in Health

From 2017, the Department of Spiritual Healthcare at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (London) is delighted to offer a Postgraduate Certificate course validated by London South Bank University. The course is an integration of theory and practice, providing cutting edge chaplaincy education to reflect the changing and diverse needs of the NHS, the patients, families/carers and staff.

This course can be followed by either of these two different study routes:

Route 1 - PG Cert in Healthcare Chaplaincy for those who want to pursue the course towards professional Healthcare Chaplaincy.

Route 2 – PG Cert in Spiritual Care in Health is offered to those who will like to acquire an

intellectual understanding of spiritual care in health within a multi-cultural and multi-faith/belief setting. This route will not require students to take the Professional Practice component.


Our mission is to provide an integrated theory and practice-based multi-faith/belief chaplaincy education that enables students to develop and acquire the knowledge, understanding, capabilities and practical skills and core values which shape the practice of contemporary professional chaplaincy in a modern healthcare setting.

The course consists of four modules set out below:

·   Module 1 – Contemporary and Cross-Cultural Healthcare Chaplaincy

·   Module 2 – Advanced Spiritual Care for Patients

·   Module 3 – Ethical & Pastoral Care in a Multi-cultural Society

·   Module 4 – Professional Practice


In the Professional Practice component, students will be required to do 200 hours (three days a month) of pastoral placement at an agreed hospital setting. This component begins in October to finish in June. Students will be assigned mentors throughout their placement period for reflective practice and pastoral supervision. Different models in reflective practice and pastoral supervision, case studies and verbatims will be used during the mentor-mentee supervision relationship. With this approach, students will develop the required competencies, capabilities and skills for becoming effective reflective practitioners in professional chaplaincy in delivering spiritual care in a multi-faith, multi-cultural context within a healthcare setting.

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