We have had such a request and have had to respond. I've had two
FOI requests in the last week. I suspect too that it is about NSS,
but of course we could come across as being a little paranoid to those
we work with if we suggest this.
I wonder about intellectual copyright with FOI requests too. Has
anyone addressed this issue at all within the chaplaincy community?
Specialist Chaplain/Joint Team Leader
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Spiritual and Pastoral Care Service/Strategy & Business Development
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From: A network for chaplains, educationalists and researchers
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Sent: 19 August 2010 13:13
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: The new Government's Spending Challenge Website
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Like you I am not surprised
and suspect the hand of NSS behind all this. I happen to have been
informed today of a Freedom of Information request for the costs of the
Chaplaincy in our Trust for the last financial year. I hope I'm not
getting paranoid but I suspect it is not in fact a complete coincidence.
I gather I can not ask who exactly asked for the FOI request but I was
told that it came from a media enquiry. I suspect that Mark Stobart
(CHCC President) will see this email I will try and contact him before I
go on leave. I would also say that it would be good for the professional
AND the faith based Chaplaincy organisations to work in harmony on this.
It is not a matter just for one 'side'. Best wishes, Clive Smith Trust
Chaplaincy Manager, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Regional Rep for Yorkshire & The Humber, National Professional Committee
--- On Thu, 19/8/10, Revd. Tim Couchman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Revd. Tim Couchman <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: The new Government's Spending Challenge Website
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Thursday, 19 August, 2010, 9:58
> Dear Colleagues
> as I'm sure you are all aware, the new Government has requested the
> public share their ideas for cost efficiencies on their website:
> I was disappointed, but not suprised to see there are a number of
> postings recommending that the NHS no longer fund healthcare
> Chaplains. Looking at the language and content of these postings, it
> would appear that most of them come from members of the National
> Secular Society......
> The public are invited to register (simple email address
> and password registration) and then rate the ideas on a 1 -
> 5 star system.
> It would also appear that a motion was recently brought before the
> Welsh Assembly by a member of the National Secular Society that the
> Churches be required to set up trust funds to pay for Chaplains,
> rather than Chaplains be funded by the NHS.
> Although it is clear that the National Secular Society
> shouts much louder than it's actual membership and size
> truly warrant, we must be prepared for these voices to increase in
> volume at this time. Does anyone know whether either the College of
> Healthcare Chaplains or the UK Board for Healthcare Chaplaincy are
> preparing any kind of co-ordinated response to such possible
> Kind regards
> Revd. Tim Couchman, Senior Chaplain to the
> United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust