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This is a Pg Dip Top-Up course following a successful completion of the Pg Cert study pathway validated by the LSBU. The course allows the individual to explore and evaluate the diverse skills and knowledge needed for spiritual care leadership and management, including learning about compassionate community leadership. The academic modules focus and examine the NHS dimensions of leadership and the justification of theology with reference to multi-faith and belief highly diverse chaplaincy teams and communities.

Throughout this course students will develop advanced skills to provide excellent pastoral ethical support within the health care environment. Individuals will also evaluate various approaches to research in healthcare chaplaincy from qualitative and quantitative perspectives and critically assess the rigour of different research methodologies to inform contemporary chaplaincy practices, promotive evidence-based practices. The course is aligned to meet the professional competences, as measured by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy. This course will also be appropriate for those who are already chaplains but wish to enhance their knowledge, skills, and practice further.

For More Information:
Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email: Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187


Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModePart-time Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code5840 Application method Direct to LSBU


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Entry Level Requirements

Pg Dip (Top-Up), Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis but must meet the following entry requirements before being considered for admission:

Prospective candidates must: -

  1. Have successfully completed the Pg Cert in Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing offered as part of the GSTT/LSBU collaboration.
  2. Be eligible to be registered with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy. This includes to show a recognized status as a member or observant with a mainstream Faith Community or Belief Group. A mainstream faith community or belief group are those recognized by the Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health (NPSRCH) or Churches Together in England (CTE) or the Free Churches Group (FCG). Evidence to be provided.
  3. Providing a clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Scheme) with POCA (Protection of Children Act) & POVA (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) for hospital placement purposes.
  4. Complete the Healthcare Chaplaincy Personal Statement, using the linked proforma.

For More Information:
Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email: Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187


Missing English and Maths qualifications?

If you do not have the required English and Maths qualifications needed to satisfy the entry requirements for this programme, we have courses available at our partner College that you can take to upskill in these areas. Find out more at South Bank College.

Speak with your employer/trust regarding professional development funding that may be available to you.

International students

International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.


Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Part-time Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 5840 Application method Direct to LSBU


Prepare to start

Core Reading list:

    Fink, A. (2020) Conducting research literature reviews: from the internet to paper. Fifth edition. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.

    Greenhalgh T (2019) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (6th ed) Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019. ISBN: 111948474X

    Hart, C. (2018) Doing a literature review: releasing the research imagination. 2nd edition. London: SAGE Publications.

    Kelly, E., & Swinton, J. (2019) Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care: Fostering Spiritual Wellbeing in Emerging Paradigms of Care. London: Jessica Kingsley

For More Information:
Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email: Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187


Pg Dip (Top-Up) in Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing

  • Module 4: Research Methods in Healthcare Chaplaincy & Wellbeing (20 Credits, L7)
    This module will enable students to critically engage with research in healthcare chaplaincy; synthesise, integrate and apply critical knowledge relating to the research process; evaluate and apply research relevant to themselves and service users, thereby contributing to improved governance and accountability of chaplaincy practice.
  • Module 5: Ethical & Pastoral Care in a Multi-Cultural Society (20 Credits, L7)
    This module focuses on exploring models in pastoral care, ethical principles in healthcare decision-making, ethical pastoral decisions, and equipping students to develop relevant counselling and pastoral skills that will foster the provision of contemporary healthcare pastoral support in a society of secular and multiple faith and belief observances. Case studies will form part of the teaching to explore contemporary issues in religious care and ethics.
  • Module 6: Strategic Leadership and Management in Healthcare Chaplaincy (20 Credits, L7)
    This module explores definitions of strategic leadership and management with regard to healthcare chaplaincy. It also explores the difference between strategic leadership and management, the NHS leadership dimensions and link them to strategic leadership of spiritual healthcare. The module aims to enable students develop a critical understanding of the different management styles and skills needed for the modern NHS, looking at people and business management needed by forward-thinking chaplaincy teams.

    For More Information:
    Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email: Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187



    Employability Service

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
    • Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


    This course will enable graduates to apply for positions within chaplaincy in the NHS and elsewhere. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop some key skills including improving communication, IT, literacy, and research skills and to be able to apply for further study.

    Upon successful completion of the first three modules, students can be registered as Band 6 Healthcare Chaplains (equivalent to Band 6 Nursing). This is recognised throughout the UK in NHS hospitals and in other healthcare settings providing a gold standard for professional chaplaincy. So, students can enter the professional chaplaincy market with this qualification.

    Also, after successfully completing the PG Cert Healthcare Chaplaincy and Wellbeing, students will be able to enter onto PG Diploma and Masters to increase their learning and promote their professional recognition and widen their employment opportunities to Bands 6 and 7 Healthcare Chaplaincy in managerial, consultancy and specialized roles.

    Professional Link

    The course is aligned to meet the professional competences as measured by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBCH).

    For More Information:
    Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email: Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187


    Teaching and Assessment

    The following pedagogical approaches are applied flexibly to facilitate the most effective and appropriate means of teaching and supporting learning:

    • Small group learning opportunities with explicit learning objectives
    • Inter-professional and shared/common learning which is clinically and/or professionally relevant
    • Using active, participatory, and collaborative peer learning opportunities to enhance social cohesion and learning engagement
    • Contextual learning - where basic concepts are given clinical relevance in real world settings
    • Competency-based learning and evaluation
    • Use of technology in the educational process to enhance skills and understanding of digital literacy and health technologies
    • Using strategies and skills to enhance self-regulation of student learning
    • Use of assessment to promote learning

    For More Information:
    Please contact the Course Director: Revd Nana Kyei-Baffour, Email: Tel: Direct: 020 7188 9844 Or 020 7188 1187


    Register your interest

    Contact information

    Course Enquiries - UK

    Tel: 0207 815 7500

    International team enquiry

    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189