Two groups work together to assist the Bishops’ Conference in order to carry out its work in the area of healthcare with an informed and authentic voice - The Healthcare Reference Group (HRG) and Network and The Bishops’ Conference Healthcare Executive Group (HEG).
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales’ work in the area of healthcare is organised through the Department for Social Justice.
The Healthcare Reference Group was created in 2003 following an initiative of the Bishops to give pastoral support to those working in healthcare in England and Wales. The group works with the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) to encourage their work on social care. They complement this work with projects principally based in healthcare.
The role of the Bishops’ Conference in the field of healthcare is to advise, consult and inform on key issues. A 2018 review of the Healthcare Reference Group’s work has shaped its future structure and mission.
Two groups work together to assist the Bishops’ Conference in order to carry out its role with an informed and authentic voice:
Healthcare Reference Group (HRG) and Network
The Healthcare Reference Group is the larger of the two and will advise and inform the Bishops’ Conference Healthcare Executive Group. This group will be drawn from people with a wide range of healthcare experience to offer advice on issues and give feedback and reactions. Members meet and communicate regularly. There are plans for a quarterly e-newsletter.
The Bishops’ Conference Healthcare Executive Group (HEG)
The smaller Healthcare Executive Group (HEG) will carry out the healthcare work mandated by the Bishops. Currently the HEG comprises of the following members:
Bishop Paul Mason (Bishop for Healthcare)
Greg Pope (Assistant General Secretary)
Steph MacGillivray (Research and Policy)
Jim McManus (Public Health England – external advisor)
David A Jones (Director Anscombe Bioethics Centre – external advisor)