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Hope for Chaplaincy!

Newsdate: 29 May 2014

Healthcare Chaplains across the North West came together at Wrightington Hospital to celebrate good practice

Pictured: Bishop of Carlisle, Rev Anne Edwards, Andrew Foster CEO, guest speakers and delegates for the Greater Manchester Chaplaincy Collaborative Good Practice Study DayChaplains offer a service of spiritual care to all patients, their carers, friends and family as well as the staff of the organisations they serve. The spiritual dimension of life expresses purpose and meaning; a need for respect, value and hope.  This week saw Healthcare Chaplains across the North West come together for a celebration of good practice at Wrightington Hospital.

The work of a chaplain embodies the spiritual, pastoral and religious care associated with the needs found in the healthcare setting and the good practice study day had a dual focus.  The event was opened by Andrew Foster, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) Chief Executive.  The morning session was then led by Rt Rev James Newcome, the Bishop with the national remit for healthcare issues, and focused on Chaplaincy and Hope with the afternoon session looking at Chaplaincy and Mental Health.

Rev. Anne Edwards, WWL Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Manager and Chair of Greater Manchester Chaplaincy Collaborative organised the event and was absolutely thrilled that the event attracted a wider audience than just chaplains.  Anne says: “It is important that as chaplains we embrace the hope we have for the future and enable it to come alive in the present. I was absolutely delighted to be able to host this event for the eighth consecutive time.  It is good to see chaplaincy taken seriously in the national debates for health and as integral part of holistic healthcare.”

Anne was also pleased with the afternoon sessions which cover mental health and spirituality and protecting our own mental health.  Anne continues: One in four people have mental health problems at any one time, so even in general hospital we come across people with mental health issues and needs all the time.  As chaplains we are not immune to mental health problems ourselves; so it is important to keep ourselves mentally as well as physically and spiritually healthy.

Picture features: Bishop of Carlisle, Rev Anne Edwards, Andrew Foster CEO, guest speakers and delegates for the Greater Manchester Chaplaincy Collaborative Good Practice Study Day.