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NHS’s first humanist chaplain: five minutes with . . . Lindsay van Dijk

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1686 (Published 18 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1686

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Chaplains and spiritual care
Ms Van Dijk’s interesting article illustrates how the traditional role of the chaplain has changed. Chaplains have moved from a position of ownership to one of participation in spiritual care with chaplaincy no longer being regarded as a ‘given’ in the NHS (1). In future chaplains will have to make the case for their contribution to spiritual care (2).
References
1. Rumbold B, D. (2013). Spiritual assessment and Healthcare Chaplaincy, Christian Bioethics, 19 (3), 251-269.
2. Swift C. (2014). Hospital Chaplaincy in the Twenty-first Century: The crisis of spiritual care in the NHS. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Surrey, England.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 April 2018
Ian Jack Hamilton
Researcher
Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
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