16th-22nd October 2017

This is the first #HCChaplainsWeek. Our members are putting on a range of activities in their workplaces to showcase and raise the profile of the valuable work that healthcare chaplains do. Examples of the types of activity are listed below. Do please show them your support. If you would like to organise an event we can supply a number of resources so please get in touch!

Many thanks to Unite’s Norwich Medical Branch who supported #HCChaplainsWeek with a £500 donation.

Some of the events organised for the week follow:

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

The chaplaincy team has reserved the front entrance of the hospital all day on Mon 16th October. They will have displays of chaplaincy work, perhaps a fold up banner, tables with give a ways around a self-care theme with printed labels on for CHCC week (little soaps, moisturisers, teabags etc.). Chaplains will be around all day. There may have a portable labyrinth set out too for people to walk!

Leicester’s hospitals

The chaplaincy team are planning information stalls at lunchtimes in the hospital restaurants:
Tues 17th Leicester Royal Infirmary
Thurs 19th Glenfield Hospital
Fri 20th Leicester General Hospital
We will also be tweeting our activities during the week!

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Chaplaincy team has stands booked at both hospital sites. They will be displaying a selection of their work and ministry including Foodbank voucher providers, clothing bank, memory boxes, pets to patients with photos and feedback from Staff, patients and other organisations.

Croydon University Hospital

We have decided to focus on the wonderful work of our Chaplaincy Volunteers in all the different teams: Ward chaplains, Eucharistic ministers, Sunday Chapel volunteers, Chapel musicians and our Hindu, Muslim and Sikh chaplaincy volunteers.  We are holding the followeing events:
Sunday 15th October 10am: Eucharist in Chapel
Monday 16th – Monday 23rd: Exhibition in Chapel
Wednesday 18th October 3pm: Thanksgiving Service in Chapel
Sunday 22nd October 10am: Eucharist in Chapel
Sunday 22nd October 3pm: Launch of the Ark in the Tree

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

We will be having a stand in our main atrium at the Manor Hospital on Thursday 19 October, 11am-2pm to promote our service and engage with the public and staff.

NHS Grampian

We will be marking Chaplains Week a week earlier in NHS Grampian.  From the 9th-13th October we are taking over the display boards in the Community Area at the Rotunda Entrance at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.  We will be highlightly the different aspects of the Chaplain’s Role within NHS Grampian, and there will be the opportunity for patients, relatives and staff to have a chat with a chaplain and also to leave feedback.

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

We are putting up a display about the work of the chaplains in the hospital entrance on October 19 and 20. Any material we can use with that would be much appreciated.  We also had a piece in the mailing that goes to all MK churches asking for chaplncy to be mentioned in prayers that week.

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

We will be having a stall to raise awareness about the wonderful work that their healthcare chaplains do and provide information on CHCC.  Date Tuesday 17th October 11 – 3, In the West Antrim (near the restaurant).

The Dougie Mac Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent

We will be holding the following:
Article on Spiritual Healthcare in the local newspaper: The Sentinel;
Display in the main reception about the Spiritual Care service;
Education sessions for staff and volunteers entitled, “I’m not religious but…”, exploring religion and spirituality;
Daily postings of the Hospice Facebook page.


For the tweeters amongst you or those who would like to start tweeting you can follow the week on Twitter using the hashtag #HCChaplainsWeek.


Supporters of the #HCChaplains Week are:


Non Religious Pastoral Support Network

St Padarn's Institute

RNS Publications