Improving Care Through Listening and Guidance

The Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice have written and made available online a handbook for GP Chaplaincy. Titled ‘Improving care through listening and guidance’, the handbook is a result of many years experience in delivering Chaplaincy in General Practice in the West Midlands, UK.

A practical guide to facilitate the development of Chaplaincy in General Practice in all areas of the UK, the GP Chaplaincy Handbook consists of guidelines and recommendations covering the role of the chaplain working in General Practice; management and supervision; training and continuing personal development; and the importance of measurement, evaluation and research. It explains the role of the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy in relationship to GP Chaplaincy.

The GP Chaplaincy Handbook includes examples of job advertisement; job description; personal specification and templates illustrating reflective practice models and learning portfolio pro-forma.

The Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice

The Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice was established in 2014 in order to enable Chaplaincy in General Practice to be delivered to agreed national standards. Chaplaincy has long provided pastoral and spiritual care within the NHS. Chaplaincy in General Practice is now recognised as a subspecialty within NHS Chaplaincy in England, described in NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015: Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual & Religious Care.
You can download the handbook from the Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice website.