Your article on chaplaincy presents an impression of the service which many will struggle to recognise, write Graeme Hancocks and Christopher Swift
The portrayal of chaplains being resentful of the culture of evidence simply does not stack up against the facts. In the first ever systematic research into the experience of Church of England chaplains, the NHS emerges as a positive place to be.
Far from suffering "institutional depression", chaplains described their time in the health service positively when compared with their parish experience. While only 25 per cent agreed that the Church of England had valued and respected them in their parish ministry, the figure leapt to 75 per cent when the same question was asked about their healthcare employers.
The early results from the Leeds research paint a very different picture from the one that emerges in your article. In fact, 99 per cent of chaplains in our study said healthcare chaplaincy was, on the whole, a good experience.
If we move beyond anecdote to evidence it's not "bleating" we discover, but a sense of chaplains feeling valued, affirmed and respected in the NHS.
Reverend Graeme Hancocks and Reverend Christopher Swift, Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust