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22 June 2017
7 September 2017
6 December 2017
The NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015
Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care
NHS England, Report by Margaret McGettrick, The Forum Vice-
The NHS has recently issued new Chaplaincy guidelines, providing good practice guidelines for the NHS in England [NHS 2015].
NB: From 1 April 2015, the NHS Chaplaincy programme will be hosted by the Nursing Directorate.
‘The NHS Chaplaincy programme is part of NHS England’s drive to ensure good patient care and compliance with policy and legislative drivers.’
It was ‘prepared by The Revd Dr Chris Swift in consultation with the Chaplaincy leadership Forum [CLF] and the National Equality and Health Inequalities Team, NHS England’. The CLF was formed in September 2013 as a means of dialogue between NHS England and the various chaplaincy organisations.
Chaplaincy as/and public theology click the link to download full article
Professor Stephen Pattison -
NSMHF Report of the forum:
Child abuse and its impact on adult mental health: how can spirituality help?
The forum discussion looked at the context and current research, the effect of early life trauma and abuse [the symptoms of disrupted attachment, complex trauma and dissociation and explored the importance of the role of the body and brain in symptoms and recovery], explored the three phase model of recovery and looked spirituality [what helps and what hinders].
Margaret McGettrick -
Forum Trustee for the Catholic Bishop’s Conference Mental Health Reference Group
In this paper, on the rediscovery of the spiritual dimension in health and social care in England, Peter Gilbert looks at the current state of health and social care in England, and argues passionately that true leadership is required to being a sense of vocation and an holistic view of the person back into services so that the spirit of the age is not simply reductionist and material, but both personal and transpersonal.
Peter Gilbert, September 2010
In this paper psychiatrist and Hindu pastor Chetna Kang considers how understanding service users’ symptoms in the context of their cultural background can be of great importance, and looks at the teachings of Hinduism and how they may influence Hindus suffering mental health problems, in particular, British Hindus.
Dr. Chetna Kang, September 2010
In this article, two doctors from the Christian Medical fellowship sum up the research evidence around religion and health.
Alex Bunn and David Randall, Easter 2010
A Paper prepared for the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council
Arthur Hawes, January 2010
Article in Community Care magazine by Maria Ahmed on the controversies surrounding Christianity and social work practice
Maria Ahmed, October 2009
A report by the Project Manager of JAMI -
Michael Pearce, December 2009
An article for A Life in the Day journal by former chair of Forum describing the purpose and inspiration behind the Forum.
Professor Martin Aaron, November 2008
Article on our modern predicament of being strangers in a strange land unpacking the idea of pilgirmage and what it represents. The first part is an introduction by Professor Peter Gilbert
Professor Peter Gilbert, February 2008
The second part of the article on pilgrimage, by Jay Boodhoo, gives a Hindu perspective on 'musafir' or being a traveller, looking at pilgrimage as 'a series of inter-
Jay Boodhoo, February 2008
The final part of the article, by Sarah Carr, looks at pilgrimage as 'a ritual to make sense of suffering and even transform because of it'. She uses the metaphor of people experiencing distress suffering like pilgrims crossing a formidable landscape then striving to negotiate interactions with a seemingly unchanged world
Sarah Carr, February 2008
Article in Journal of Integrated Care with a broad focus on migration and questions of identity, plus write-
Professor Peter Gilbert, August 2007
Sister article in Journal of Integrated Care to Peter Gilbert's 'engaging...' giving commentary on BME communities and holistic care with reference to the multi-
Philomena Harrison, August 2007
Article in Openmind magazine with personal points of view includes examples of people's experiences of spirituality / faith in relation to their mental health.
Professor Peter Gilbert and Vicky Nicholls, March 2007
Report of Social Perspectives Network (SPN) study day on spirituality and mental health containing range of contributions and perspectives about the sp/mh relationship.
SPN, April 2006
Article in Community Care on spirituality and mental health author Peter Gilbert.
Professor Peter Gilbert, January 2006
Article on the joys of jogging and being a member of a running club.
Professor Peter Gilbert, September 2005
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