Last updated 9th August 2017
Hospital chaplains are healthcare professionals who, recognised and supported by their respective faith communities, are uniquely qualified and trained to deliver spiritual and religious care to patients, clients and staff.
As part of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals hospital chaplains play an essential role in bringing holistic care to all who welcome their input. Their care is offered to all, regardless of religious affiliation, belief or practice, including indivduals without religious affiliation who may wish to be given spiritual support.
The Communion/Eucharistic sacrements of bread and wine should only be administered in the hospital by the ordained clergy or by laity with the Bishop’s permission. It is customary in some hospitals for the Church of England chaplain to administer the Sacraments to members of other churches with whom we are in communion. This will only be done in co-operation with the chaplains of those other denominations.