RepositoryChurch of England Record Centre
Alt Ref NoHCC
Extent411 files
TitleHospital Chaplaincies Council
Date1946 -
DescriptionRecords accumulated and created by the council activities.

This has resulted in a collection of the following types of records:

- minutes of meetings
- reports and papers circulated between the members and staff
- topic files
- training and conference papers
- correspondence
- newspaper clippings
- promotional pamphlets
- reports
- articles and publications
- publications
AdminHistoryThe Hospital Chaplaincies Commission was appointed by the Church Assembly in 1946 to enquire into the Church's ministration to mentally ill people in institutions, to consult with the Minister of Health re. the future of the provision of such a service in the National Health Service (NHS), the specific training for the role, and the status of chaplains in other types of health institution.
In their final report of Autumn 1952 it was resolved that the Hospital Chaplaincies Council be set up as a permanent Council of the Assembly, and that the Commission be discharged.

The Council was reconstituted by General Synod in 1972. Its functions are:
i) to consider questions, put to it by General Synod, of spiritual ministration of patients in Hospitals.
ii) to advise diocesan Bishops and Chaplains' Advisory Committees on such matters.
iii) to monitor such matters in hospitals on behalf of General Synod.
iv) to co-ordinate relations between Chaplains' Advisory Committees
v) to liaise with the DHSS on such matters
vi) to arrange national training courses for Chaplains.

The Council is also responsible for negotiating the terms and conditions of employment for Chaplains with the DHSS. They have set up the Join Committee, with the Free Church Federal Council and the Roman Catholic Church, whose representatives can speak to the DHSS on behalf of all the Churches concerning matters of Hospital Chaplaincy.
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