Catholics in Health and Social Care

The Church has, since earliest times, been committed to caring for those who are sick or in need. Indeed, institutions established by churches and religious orders laid the foundations of the modern health service. Today, many lay Catholics work in the health service, in all disciplines and fields, and Catholic hospital chaplains provide a vital ministry. The contribution that the Church can make to ensure that the good of the human person is always placed at the heart of the health system cannot be overestimated.

The Bishops' Conference has three clear priorities for action: The provision of a better structured basis to enable Catholic hospital chaplaincy to thrive with integrity in the fast changing world of the National Health Service. The creation of a multi-disciplinary network or association to better enable the many lay Catholics working in healthcare to find mutual support. The articulation of a Catholic spirituality of healthcare in the 21st Century.


Health and Social Care Conference: Called to Care

A national conference for Health and Social Care Professionals. ‘Called to Care’ will focus on the spiritual vocation of all of the people who work in health and care through presentations from renowned professionals and figures in the Catholic Church along with a range of practice workshops, considering the individual call, the impact on practice and the ways we cope when faced with daily challenges . The event brings this broad group together for the first time at a national level with the support of the Health and Social Care Advisory Group of the Bishop’s Conference.

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