MCB successfully concludes Muslim Healthcare Chaplaincy Training Course

17 May 2007

Professor Christine Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer awarded certificates to the participants of a Muslim Healthcare Chaplaincy Training Course in its concluding session today, Thursday 17 May. Professor Beasley applauded the useful work of the Muslim Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS, a joint project of the Department of Health and the MCB, in running the chaplaincy training course. The project has today successfully concluded a three day intensive training course for aspiring Muslim healthcare chaplains.

Twenty five participants from across Britain of various ethnic backgrounds attended the course. The course was designed in-line with the Multi Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy’s (MFGHC) Knowledge and Skills Framework. A wide range of experienced chaplaincy experts and scholars, both Muslims and of other faith traditions, took part as tutors. Among those providing the training were Imam Abdul Qayum of the East London Mosque, Rev Edward Lewis of the HCC, Rev Debbie Hodge of the Free Churches, Imam Yunus Dudhwala, chaplaincy manager of Newham General Hospital, Rev Susan Hollins a lead chaplain, Sheikh Khurram Bashir, Muslim Mental Health chaplain from Birmingham, Rose Dale of Royal London and Dr Akber Mohammad Ali. Aside from the chaplaincy and theological and ethical topics, the training programme also contained legal, child protection and MBTI courses.

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said in his concluding address, `With the help of the Department of Health the MCB has been able to establish this groundbreaking project, ‘Muslim Spiritual Care provision in the NHS’. We thank the Department for partnering with the MCB to implement this project. This project is now making headway in its preparations for Muslim Chaplains in the Health Service.’