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Health and Social Care Chaplaincy

Editor in Chief
Lindsay B. Carey, La Trobe University, Australia

Editors
Meg Burton, Free Churches Group, London, UK
Duncan MacLaren, NHS Lothian, UK
Daniel Nuzum, University College Cork, Ireland
Piret Paal, Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversitat, Austria
Linda Ross
, University of South Wales and Staffordshire University, UK
Chris Swift, Chaplaincy for Methodist Homes, UK

Book Review Editor
Mark Newitt
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Health and Social Care Chaplaincy is a peer-reviewed, international journal that assists health and social care chaplains to explore the art and science of spiritual care within a variety of contexts. The journal was founded in 2013 through the merger of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy (issn:1748-801X) and the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy (issn:1463-9920) . It continues to be the official journal of the College of Health Care Chaplains and members of the society receive the journal as part of their annual membership. For more details on membership subscriptions, please click on the 'members' button at the top of this page. Back issues of both previous journals are being loaded onto this website (see Archives) and online access to these back issues is included in all institutional subscriptions.

Health and Social Care Chaplaincy is a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of a range of issues related to the delivery of spiritual care across various settings: acute, paediatric, mental health, palliative care and community. It encourages a creative collaboration and interface between health and social care practitioners in the UK and internationally and consolidates different traditions of discourse and communication research in its commitment to an understanding of psychosocial, cultural and ethical aspects of healthcare in contemporary societies. It is responsive to both ecumenical and interfaith agendas as well as those from a humanist perspective.

The journal focuses on ensuring that chaplains have the essential knowledge, skills and character required to perform chaplaincy services in a range of health and social care contexts. It fosters ethical practice; enhanced discourse and communication skills; philosophical and critical understanding; proficiency in assessment, intervention and evaluation; research literacy; team working and awareness of the contribution of other disciplines in the delivery of health and social care. It enables chaplains to offer staff support, enhance organisational spirituality and contribute to health and wellbeing in their communities.

The journal strives to bring the best practitioners and academics in the field into critical dialogue and also sets aside a place to encourage first time authors and reflective practitioners.

The editors are supported by an international, interdisciplinary advisory board.

From the SCOPUS Review of the journal (October 2017): It is good to see the level of citations in Scopus journals which demonstrates the value placed on the scholarly output of the journal and all Editors are to be commended on this development . The journal offers content that is of value to all health and social care professionals and contexts and it is noted as an international journal with an international Editorial Board.

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Potential contributors should review the Guidelines for Submission on the For Authors page. Submissions should be made online.


Indexing and Abstracting

CiteScore 2019: 0.3
SJR 2019: 0.130
SNIP 2019: 0.431

Publication and Frequency: 2 issues per volume year, May and November
ISSN 2051-5553 (print)
ISSN 2051-5561 (online)

 


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How are Chaplaincy Departments Responding Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Snapshot of UK Responses to a Questionnaire

This is a brief reflection on how chaplaincy in the United Kingdom is respond- ing "on the ground" to COVID-19. It is based on a short questionnaire responded to by 27 chaplaincy teams, who were providing ministry during COVID-19, in April 2020. It notes significant changes in practice and captures some variation and similarities in chaplaincy experiences. It also highlights emerging concerns with respect to chaplaincy practice that may require additional research in the future.A brief reflection on how Chaplaincy is responding ‘on the ground’ to Covid19, based on short questionnaire responses from 27 Teams in April 2020. Highlights Chaplaincy practice that may need research in the near future.
Posted: 2020-08-08More...
 

Present in Times of Crisis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Activities, Visibility, and Recognizability of Chaplains in a Healthcare Organization in the Netherlands

This article addresses the question of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the activities, visibility, and recognizability of a chaplaincy team in a large healthcare facility in the Netherlands. In the context of a participatory action research project aimed at developing a clear chaplaincy profile in order to increase the visibility and recognizability of chaplains in the organization, the COVID-19 outbreak has had a surprising effect. The chaplains reported an unexpected and sudden increase in their visibility and a strengthening of their profile due to the pandemic. In this article, we explore how the chaplains have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak and reflect on the question of what lessons may be learned from the recent past period regarding visibility and recognizability of chaplaincy in healthcare organizations.
Posted: 2020-08-05More...
 

Being There, Virtually Being There, Being Absent : Chaplaincy in Social Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The term “being” has featured frequently in publications about the role of chaplains in health and social care. Generally, this has described the physical presence of chaplains among people either during routine pastoral encounters or at critical moments in their lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to differentiated practices for chaplains in the UK’s largest charitable care provider for older people. Some chaplains continued to be present in residential care facilities; some provided at-distance support; and some were absent, both physically and virtually. This article begins by discussing the significance of “being” in the context of chaplaincy. It goes on to offer examples of analysis, drawing on chaplaincy experience during the pandemic based on six interviews conducted in the final week of May 2020. From these interviews, an evaluation is made of chaplaincy during the crisis as: being present; virtually being present; and being absent. It is noted that questions about the chaplain’s location in a crisis are not unprecedented. A discussion of pastoral care during the pandemic suggests that presence and in-person encounter remain key aspects of being, and that recent experience has clarified the importance of embodied support for those who are suffering. However, it is also noted that under certain conditions a virtual pastoral encounter has value, can convey impact, and is of consequence.
Posted: 2020-07-14More...
 

COVID-19 as a Cause of Death for Catholic Priests in Italy : An Ethical and Occupational Health Crisis

While the number of deaths of doctors and dentists from COVID-19 in Italy is soaring, there is another vital population of healthcare team members who are also dying here: priests. This work explores the deaths of Italy’s Catholic priests due to COVID-19 during a three-month period in early 2020. Patients, families, and healthcare workers experience COVID-19 in various stressful ways, and priests and other pastoral care providers provide a well-being service that needs protection. The article explores the context of the recent mortality surge for priests in Italy and the role of pastoral care during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the broader issue of ethics and occupational health for these care providers.
Posted: 2020-07-10More...
 

“Dog” is “God” Spelled Backward: “Poppy Jingles,” the Staff Well-being Spaniel

This brief report describes the unique and innovative work of a hospital chaplaincy “Good Samaritan” staff welfare dog named “Poppy Jingles.” As the importance of stress prevention and burnout among National Health Service staff (UK) has been highlighted in current policy, the initiative of animal-assisted therapy is both timely and significant. The relevance of inter-species well-being is detailed in this article, describing what can be considered as Poppy’s “nonhuman charisma.” This includes eliciting specific aspects of well-being which can be thought to correspond to eudaimonic states of human flourishing.

Posted: 2020-07-05More...
 

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“What? So What? Now What?” Applying Borton and Rolfe’s Models of Reflexive Practice in Healthcare Contexts

Healthcare chaplains as healthcare professionals are expected to use reflective practice to develop their work. This article describes how reflexive practice is critical to practitioners doing this. It outlines how Terry Borton’s process of reflection arose out of a secondary school context; and contends that his simple three step model is capable of facilitating profound insights in healthcare too. The way in which Gary Rolfe expands Borton’s model is explained, showing how he was seeking to make it more comprehensive and credible. Finally, a way of combining Borton and Rolfe’s models is described and pictured. It is argued that it is both structured and flexible enough to fit the experiences, learning needs and time available to healthcare practitioners.
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The Use of Rituals, Primarily Related to Grief, in a Hospital Setting: How Are They Helpful and How Can They Be Most Effective?

This paper examines the use of rituals, both one-off and repeated events, based on a hospital chaplain’s experience in a mental health setting. It considers why they are used, how they can be meaningful, effective and safe. It also considers risks associated with the use of rituals and how to plan carefully to maximise the benefits to those involved.
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A Buddhist perspective on Health and Spirituality

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Re-evaluating Chaplaincy: To Be, or Not…

Healthcare is a dynamic and evolving culture within which chaplaincy has continually adapted to maintain professional relevance and respect. Over time, forms of chaplaincy have emerged as responses to changes in culture: multi-faith chaplaincy and the subtle shift in focus from religious care to spiritual care being two examples. However, adaptation impacts on the character of chaplaincy and questions its core values. Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy (OOC) is a response to the “paradigm shift” in healthcare chaplaincy that aims to integrate assessment, intervention, outcome evaluation and care planning into the chaplain’s role. OOC seems perfectly adapted to the culture of contemporary market-driven healthcare; however, the values underwriting this culture are being questioned, and their impact on professional values challenged. This paper accepts OOC has much to offer chaplaincy, but calls for a critical engagement with the model, arguing that the demand to remain relevant to contemporary healthcare culture should not be at the expense of person-centred, person-focused values of compassion, dignity and respect embodied within the presence model of spiritual care.
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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE): A Reflection

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