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Introduction - Ewan Kelly and John SwintonPart 1: The essence of healthcare chaplaincy? What does spiritual need feel like?
1. Living with a chronic long-term condition: 'I can reflect with chaplains about things I cannot share with others.' - Eva Buelens (KU Leuven, Belgium)
2. Experience of spiritual distress in an acute setting: Living with perinatal loss - Daniel Robert Nuzum (Healthcare Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Cork University Hospital, Ireland; Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork, Ireland)
3. What does spiritual need feel like? Experience of chaplaincy and spiritual care in mental health - Madeleine Parkes (Hospital Chaplaincy Team, Birmingham, UK)Part 2: The art of chaplaincy: is chaplaincy an art or science?
4. Healthcare chaplaincy as professional artistry - Mark Stobert (Chair of UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy)
5. Different Trains: liminality and the chaplain - Kevin Franz (Former Lead Chaplain for Mental Healthcare, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, UK)
6. The role of science in enhancing spiritual care practice - Daniel H. Grossoehme, Dmin, MS (Staff Scientist, Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center, Akron Children's Hospital, USA)
7. Outcomes in health and social care chaplaincy: core business or problematic necessity? - The Rev. George F. Handzo (Director, Health Services Research & Quality, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, UK) and Steve Nolan (Princess Alice Hospice, UK)Part 3: Healthcare professionals? What kind of professionals are chaplains?
8. Charting the journey towards professionalization in the UK - Derek Fraser (Cambridge University Hospitals, UK)
9. We have taken off. Reflections on research and professionalization in healthcare chaplaincy in Europe - Anne Vandenhoeck (KU Leuven, Belgium)
10. Contemporary sustainable building: architecture of chaplaincy and spiritual care - Hans Evers (Head Department of Pastoral Care, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands)
11. A question of identity: What does it mean for chaplains to be healthcare professionals? - John SwintonPart 4: Researching Chaplaincy: what research is needed? How can it be grown?
12. Advancing research in healthcare chaplaincy: why, how, who? - George Fitchett (Professor and Director of Research, Department of Religion, Health and Human Values, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
13. The story of the Scottish patient reported outcome measure (PROM): an example of innovation, collaboration and education in chaplaincy research - Professor Austyn Snowden (Chair in Mental Health, Edinburgh Napier University and visiting professor, Leuven University, Belgium) and Iain Telfer (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh)Part 5: Creative engagements
14. The chaplain and organizational spirituality of church-sponsored healthcare institutions - Neil Pembroke (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Australia) and Raymond Reddicliffe (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, The University of Queensland, Australia)
15. Chaplaincy and its potential contribution to cultural transformation - Dr Kenneth J Donaldson (Consultant Nephrologist and Medical Director at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, UK) and Ewan Kelly
16. Spiritual care and a new art of dying - Carlo Leget (University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, Netherlands)Part 6: Caring well, caring spiritually
17: From interventions during ill health to enabling well-being and resilience: Community Chaplaincy Listening (CCL) - Timothy P Bennison (Department of Spiritual Care, NHS Forth Valley, UK)
18: From person-centred to people-centred spiritual care - Jo Kennedy (Faith, health and social care sectors, Scotland, UK) and Ian Stirling (Hospice chaplaincy and spiritual care in Scotland, UK)
19: Co-production and promoting spiritual wellbeing in mental health - Julian Raffay (Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, UK) and Don Bryant (Board of Mental Health Network)Part 7: Educating chaplains: what do chaplains need to learn to work in and influence 21st century healthcare systems?
20: Formation and the intentional use of self: the chaplain's primary resource - Ewan Kelly
21: Educating and equipping chaplains to practice in new paradigms - The Rev. David W. Fleenor (Director of Education, Center for Spirituality and Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA) and Ewan KellyPart 8: Shaping the future
22: Strategic leadership in healthcare chaplaincy - Cheryl Holmes (Chief Executive Officer, Spiritual Health Association, Australia) and Ewan Kelly
23: Future directions - posing and living with questions - Ewan Kelly and John Swinton

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Examination of the role of chaplaincy as a profession in modern health and social care settings

About the Author

Ewan Kelly is the former Programme Director for Healthcare Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in NHS Education for Scotland and founding research co-ordinator of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare, based in KU Leuven, Belgium. He currently works freelance as an educator and writer.John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen. He has a background in nursing and healthcare chaplaincy and has researched and published extensively in practical theology, mental health, spirituality and human wellbeing.


There is by now absolutely no doubt that the profession of chaplaincy (in an increasingly complex and secular world) is facing a watershed - with an ocean of creativity, relevance and sustainability on one side and a rapidly-drying riverbed of outdated approaches on the other. This new volume is a wide-ranging and well-informed look at the most relevant challenges, as well as possibilities, for influencing which way things will ultimately flow. If you are in the professional chaplaincy field and care even one drop about our future, read this collection. -- Rev. Dr. Amy Greene, Director, Center for Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic Health System, and Board Chair, 2018-2019, ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
The voices and needs of patients - the most important focus of chaplaincy in healthcare - are connected with the challenges for the profession of a chaplain. The experiences of patients, chaplaincy practice, outcome-oriented research by chaplains and a theoretical underpinning of the profession are all presented in a unique, patient-centered way, for a broad public. -- Simon Evers, coordinator of the European Network of Healthcare Chaplaincy
Swinton and Kelly have drawn together important voices in spiritual care to produce this timely, stimulating and necessary collection. Here is a 'must read' for anyone involved in Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, helpfully alerting the reader to contemporary questions in a way that will stimulate further thought and debate. -- Rev Canon Dr Iain Macritchie, Programme Director for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, NHS Education for Scotland
Chaplains and health care leaders from across the globe passionately convey diverse perspectives and bold invitations that are thought provoking and deserving of critical consideration. A must read for front line chaplains and health care leaders confronting chaplaincy care challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. -- Stephen D. King, Manager: Spiritual Health, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Chair, Joint Research Council
Kelly and Swinton have together produced a milestone publication in Healthcare Chaplaincy. 28 experienced authors, both co-creating and conflicting, address key issues facing Chaplaincy today as healthcare and social paradigms rapidly shift. Many offer important standalone contributions, but together they weave a landscape from which the future shape of our Profession may well emerge. -- Dr. Simon Harrison, President, College of Health Care Chaplains

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