Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: Creating a chaplaincy for the 21st century – a multifaith and belief service
Chaplaincy services at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust were traditionally focused on the Christian faith and had not kept up with the changes in the population it served.
In the course of a year, the service has been transformed to meet the spiritual and religious needs of a diverse population with a chaplaincy team which covers Anglican, United Reformed Church, Free Church, Humanist and Muslim, and includes volunteers from different faiths including Baha’i, Buddhist, and Roman Catholic.
Staff are more involved with the service, often referring patients, family and carers to it, as well as being able to access the service themselves.
Chaplain support is available 24/7 with a robust system of contacting local clergy and patients can be put in contact with their local faith services once discharged.
The lead chaplain had worked with staff across the trust to develop links with other departments and this has helped to rebrand the chaplaincy service. Meditation and mindfulness sessions have been introduced.
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