Standards and Competencies for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy in Palliative Care


  • David Mitchell Marie Curie Centre



chaplaincy, competencies, palliative care, religious care, spiritual care, standard


Spiritual care and chaplaincy have come under considerable focus in recent years in Scotland and especially so within the field of Specialist Palliative Care. A combination of National Guidelines, Clinical Standards, Professional Standards, and a Competency Framework have come together to engender considerable discussion and an impetus for developing a framework for spiritual care, religious care and chaplaincy services and practice. The author reflects on the development of the standards and competencies, their format and integration and considers their impact on chaplaincy & spiritual care services in palliative care in Scotland.

Author Biography

David Mitchell, Marie Curie Centre

David Mitchell is chaplain at Marie Curie Centre, Hunters Hill , Glasgow and joint editor of the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy.


CSBS 2002 Clinical Standards: Specialist Palliative care. NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (formerly the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland), Edinburgh.

NHS HDL 2002 Guidelines on Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in the NHS in Scotland. NHS Health Department Letter (2002) 76, Scottish Executive Health department, Edinburgh.

AHPCC 2003 Standards for Hospice & Palliative Care Chaplaincy. The Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains, Help the Hospices, London.

MCCC 2003 (a) Spiritual & religious Care Competencies for Specialist Palliative Care. Marie Curie Cancer Care, London (In Press)

MCCC 2003 (b) Patient Information Booklet, Marie Curie Cancer Care, London (In Press)



How to Cite

Mitchell, D. (2013). Standards and Competencies for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy in Palliative Care. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 9–15.

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