Tags: Chaplaincy

Church’s right to veto hospital chaplaincy appointments upheld

Posted: Thu, 05 Nov 2015

A gay vicar who claimed that his bishop had discriminated against him by denying him a post as a hospital chaplain has lost his claim at an employment tribunal. Read More »

Religious chaplaincy costs NHS £23.5 million a year

Posted: Wed, 08 Jul 2015

Figures published in the Independent have revealed that NHS Trusts spent over £23 million on religious chaplaincy in the last financial year – the equivalent cost of employing 1,000 new nurses. Read More »

New NHS guidance requires hospitals to provide pastoral care to non-religious

Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015

New guidance published by NHS England will require hospitals in England to consider the needs of non-religious patients by ensuring they have access to appropriate pastoral care. Read More »

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014

Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith. Read More »

Church blocks NHS job offer to clergyman over same-sex marriage

Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2014

The first British clergyman to marry a same-sex partner has had a job offer as an NHS chaplain withdrawn after a Bishop revoked his permission to officiate. Read More »

Prison imams found to have links with Islamic extremism

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014

Some of the imams working in UK prisons as chaplains have links with Muslim extremist groups, and may be contributing to the radicalisation of inmates, The Times newspaper has revealed. Read More »

Hospital chaplains largely unaffected by cuts to NHS frontline services

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013

New research into the number of hospital chaplains being paid for out of the National Health Service funds shows that since 2009 the number of chaplains has remained largely the same. Read More »

Obama calls religious opt-out in new defence bill “unnecessary and divisive”

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013

President Barack Obama called a conscience clause for military chaplains in the National Defence Authorization Act "unnecessary and ill-advised." Read More »

Welsh Lib Dems call for hospital chaplains to be paid by charitable trust

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012

Welsh Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a motion calling for an end to public funding of the hospital chaplaincy service. Read More »

Funding for school chaplains ruled illegal in Australia

Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2012

A father of four from Toowoomba in Australia has won a High Court action challenging the Australian government's funding of a school chaplaincy programme. Read More »

Irish Government powerless to stop funding school chaplains

Posted: Fri, 23 Mar 2012

As Ireland sinks once more back into recession, the Department of Education has been told that it cannot legally cut state funding for school chaplains. Read More »

Bishops lie about NSS chaplaincy campaign at the General Synod

Posted: Thu, 09 Feb 2012

The National Secular Society's campaign to get the church to pay the salary of their clergymen who are working in hospitals as chaplains was falsely portrayed at this week's Church of England General Synod. Read More »

CofE takeover of schools progresses rapidly

Posted: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

A new secondary free school with a "Christian character" is being proposed in Hove, Sussex. It is apparently being promoted by a group of parents who think there aren't enough "faith schools" in the area. Read More »

8% of Australian schools opt for secular school support workers

Posted: Thu, 12 Jan 2012

About 200 schools around Australia are planning to stop employing religious chaplains, hiring secular welfare workers instead to deliver support services to students. Read More »

MoD spends £22 million a year on Christian chaplains

Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2011

A Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by the NSS has revealed the Armed Forces spend £22 million annually on Christian chaplains and currently employ 280 chaplains across all three services. Read More »