A report based conducted by the BBC via FOI requests has been published today about Chaplaincy provision within the NHS. It seems to show that:
39% of trusts had fewer chaplains in 2013 – or a lower Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) – than in 2009
47% of trusts had fewer chaplaincy hours
25% of trusts increased hours
The net total reduction of hours from 2009 to 2013 was 1,380 – a reduction of 8%
(See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22990153 for the full report)
So at stupid O’clock in the morning I was invited on Howard and Toni’s Breakfast Show on Radio Hereford and Worcester. It was a good chance to fly the flag for chaplaincy, iron out misunderstandings of what chaplains do, and mention the support that chaplains have from Worcestershire Acute Trust. Whether I was successful or not is a moot point but for 7 days you can listen to it here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019yzld Click play and slide the control to 1 hr 44 minutes. Let me know what you think.