On Sunday I attended a healthcare chaplaincy meeting at the Buddhist Society. Dr Desmond Biddulph, the Vice President of the Buddhist Society introduced Keith Munnings who proceded to talk to us about the progress the Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group has made in setting up and agreeing accreditation procedures for Buddhist chaplains wanting to work (invariably on a voluntary basis) in the NHS. Tim Battle, a CofE minister heads up the multifaith chaplaincy group which is agreeing a single accreditation process for each faith group, including Christianity.
The BHCG will present their process at the end of March or thereabouts to the Multifaith Chaplaincy committee. It is good to see the Bud.Soc. sponsoring this initiative.
The meeting was attended by around fourteen or so, a largish group (5) regarding the Forest Sangha as their home tradition. There is clearly some work to be done on the draft accreditation process, but there are detailed competencies and background information and these can be found at the Buddhist Society web site or at: http://www.buddhacommunity.org/lay_ministry_day.htm.
You can register an interest in healthcare chaplaincy via http://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/events/index.html