Symposium Report: Researching Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Measuring the Value of Chaplaincy


  • Julian Raffay Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool



symposium, research, co-production, LEAP, biopsychosocial spiritual


I see myself as both chaplain and prospector. Occasionally, I find a gold nugget that needs weighing and evaluating. It may be rejected and may be my last. But what compels me to the uncertain life of a research chaplain? Where did the idea of the symposium come from? I address this symposium report as a case study, beginning with a short answer to these questions. I then describe the background, the keynote presentations, and close by reflecting on outcomes.

Author Biography

Julian Raffay, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool

Julian Raffay is Specialist Chaplain (Research, Education and Development), at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK.


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How to Cite

Raffay, J. (2018). Symposium Report: Researching Spiritual and Pastoral Care: Measuring the Value of Chaplaincy. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 5(2), 306–311.