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Lunchtime Research Seminar: The Ambiguous Role of Chaplains in the NHS

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Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: Heritage Room, St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Dr Melania Calestani and Dr Sonya Sharma

Lunchtime Research Seminar: The Ambiguous Role of Chaplains in the NHS

Acute hospitals are places where boundaries between clinical and spiritual priorities are tested, especially in the decision-making process, such as in multidisciplinary team meetings. In our field sites in London and Vancouver, chaplains are part of the end-of-life multidisciplinary team meetings or participate in ward rounds.

Interprofessional collaboration among clinical and spiritual staff members has the potential to provide a holistic model of care to make patients' experience better by overcoming disciplinary boundaries between clinical and spiritual priorities and engaging in a healing process that considers the person as a whole through a biopsychosocial-spiritual care model (Engel 1977).

However, spiritual care can also be perceived as being on the institutional margins of health care and biomedicine. Somehow, chaplains may also be perceived as being ambiguous, in a sort of in-between state (Norwood 2006). Their presence on multidisciplinary team meetings then becomes contested.

In this presentation we will address emerging findings from a three-year study.

Exploring accommodation of and resistance to prayer in public spaces') funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada to discuss the impact of spiritual care in health care settings.

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