Our annual training programme allows chaplains to choose the training that they feel will allow them to develop professionally. All of the courses are accredited by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) allowing for recognition outside of our organisation. 

Training will usually take the form of either one-day or two-day events, and some training is delivered via Zoom. Training sessions will include time for learning, sharing and reflecting, which we feel are crucial aspects for the consolidation of knowledge. We make our training available throughout the year at a range of different venues. As there is often a high demand for limited places early booking is strongly advised as places may be limited on some courses. Only those who have booked in time can be guaranteed free places. Importantly, training for all of the above is only free to members of the NIHCA. Individuals outside of the association will be required to cover costs if they wish to attend.

The NIHCA normally facilitates 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training each year and both supervisor and Student fees are paid by NIHCA for this course. 

Healthcare Pastoral Visitation Course – 2022

Each year we facilitate a 9-week hospital visitors’ course for lay people.

Please note this year’s course (2022) has been postponed to April 2022. The course is now full.

You can apply for this course via the online form here:


Training Programme for 2020 – 2021 (updated Nov 2021)

Please note the following:

  • “Tea for the Soul” session is confirmed for Wednesday 12th January 2022 between
    3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
  • Neonatal Care session is confirmed for Tuesday 8th February 2022 between 12:00pm and 1:00 pm.

You can download the training programme here:

NIHCA Training Programme 2021.2022 Updated 041021

The Advantage of Healthcare Library Membership

We thank Colleen Tierney for this helpful session.
The link to the recording is below.