In this section you will find details and, where available, links to the resources that form the Body of Knowledge for Healthcare Chaplaincy. 

Governments and Departments of Health Guidelines and Policies:

Professional codes, standards and competences:

Professional Journals and Textbooks:


  1. This journal requires a subscription to access on-line;
  2. This journal was first published in 2013 and replaced the Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy and the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy.

The following Textbooks are presented with the most recent publication at the top of the list.

  • Caperon J., Todd. A, and Walters J. (2017) A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy. London, Jessica Kingsley
  • Harrison G. (2017) Psycho-spiritual Care in Health Care Practice. London, Jessica Kingsley
  • Murphy K., and Whorton R. (2017) Chaplaincy in hospice and palliative care. London, Jessica Kingsley
  • Stewart-Darling F. (2017) Multifaith Chaplaincy in the work place. London, Jessica Kingsley
  • Bull A. (2016) Assessing and Communicating the spiritual needs of children in hospital. London, Jessica Kingsley
  • Hilsman G.J. (2016) Spiritual Care in Common Terms. London, Jessica Kingsley
  • Swift C., Cobb M., and Todd A. (2016) A handbook for Chaplaincy Studies, Routledge
  • Cobb M., Puchalski C.M. and Rumbold B. (2012) Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Gibert, P. (Ed.) (2011) Spirituality and Mental health, Brighton, Pavilion.
  • Leach, J. and Paterson, M. (2010) Pastoral Supervision: A Handbook, SCM Press, Oxford.
  • McSherry W. and Ross L. (2010) Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare Practice Keswick. M&K Publishing
  • Swift, C. (2009). Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century, Farnham: Ashgate. Coyte, M. E., Gilbert, P. Nicholls, V. (Eds.) (2007) Spirituality, Values and Mental Health. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Mitchell, D. Gordon, T. (2007) Making sense of spiritual care In Palliative Nursing: Improving end of life care. Edited by Kinghorn, S. and Gaines, S. London: Baillier Tindall Elsevier.
  • Greenstreet, W. (Ed.) (2006) Integrating Spirituality in Health and Social Care. Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • Speck, P. (2006). Teamwork in Palliative Care: fulfilling or frustrating. Oxford, Oxford.
  • SICF, NHSScotland Fair for All (2007). Religion and Belief Matter: A resource for all healthcare staff, Glasgow: The Scottish Interfaith Council.
  • Orchard, H. (2001). Spirituality in Healthcare Contexts, London: Jessica Kingsley.

Other Publications:

Historical Archive

This section serves as a historical archive of the Journey to Professional Registration of Healthcare Chaplaincy.  The documents and reports that are no longer current, however they are of significant historlcal value and context.