Hindu Healthcare Chaplaincy Training Course 2012
UNIQUE HINDU HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY TRAINING PROGRAMME CREATES SPIRITUAL WELLBEING.
National Council of Hindu Temples UK (NCHTUK) organised a very successful three day UK-wide training programme for Hindu Chaplains and those involved in Hindu Healthcare Chaplaincy provision held at the Hilton Hotel Leicester from 9th -11th March 2012.
In what is believed to be the first event of its kind, participants comprised of several pre-eminent Faith community leaders including Maulana Shahid Raza OBE Chairman Minab, Revd. Mark Burleigh, President College of Healthcare Chaplains, Mr Manhar Mehta, President National Council of Vanik Associations (Jain), Mr Harmohinder Singh Bhatia, President Sant Nirankari Mission (UK), Secretary General of Muslim Council of Britain Mr Farooq Murad, Chair of Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy (MFGHC) Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, Revd. Debbie Hodge, Free Church Minister and Chief Officer MFGHC, Dr VPN Rao Chairman Hindu Council UK and Mr Keith Munnings Chairman Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group.
Attendees addressed issues related to chaplaincy within the healthcare sector and were provided with useful insight into the Hindu perspective and the issues related to the estimated 1.5 million strong UK Hindu community from distinguished university lecturers, healthcare professionals, experienced practitioners and other experts in their field. Hindu Chaplains were trained to enhance their existing skills and develop new techniques to deliver optimal spiritual care to all NHS patients, their relatives and healthcare staff regardless of their own beliefs, whether religious or secular.
The event was inaugurated in a traditional Hindu manner to the chanting of Vedic mantras by Priests and delegates were greeted with the 'tilak' mark on the forehead and lighting of sacred candles called 'deeyas'. After lunch all were enthralled with a reading from the Bhagavad-Gita. The NCHTUK President welcomed participants stressed the importance of such training for Hindu Chaplains and chaired many of the sessions in a lively manner.
NCHTUK Hindu Healthcare Chaplaincy Project Coordinator Pandit Madhu Shastri was instrumental and determined in ensuring that all services were available throughout the project from inception to its successful conclusion.
The highly adept, erudite and enlightened speakers induced a vibrant, educative and spiritually charged atmosphere punctuated with constructive and meaningful debate from all participants. Throughout the event attendees were treated to first rate amenities on offer from the luxurious and comfortable surroundings of the easily accessible and centrally located venue in the East Midlands. Attendees were offered superb accommodation, excellent training facilities, sumptuous Hindu vegetarian meals and recreational facilities.
On the final day participants were delighted to listen to a rendition of sacred inspirational verses from Hindu scriptures presented by youths. Each attendee was awarded with a certificate of participation by NCHTUK accredited by the Department of Health for the provision of Hindu healthcare Chaplaincy and presented with a useful reference book related to the care of Hindu patients.
The whole event was filmed by MATV (Sky Channel 793) as NCHTUK's media partner for this project and is to be televised shortly in a series of programmes to be broadcast to its worldwide viewership. This unique and long-needed training programme initiated and executed by NCHTUK proved to be motivational, highly informative and immensely invaluable for all those involved in Hindu Healthcare Chaplaincy and will help towards improving the provision of this service for one and all.