Chaplains, presence and hope beyond recovery


  • Steve Nolan Princess Alice Hospice and The University of Winchester



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Author Biography

Steve Nolan, Princess Alice Hospice and The University of Winchester

Revd Dr Steve Nolan has been chaplain at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, since 2004. As well as being a ‘jobbing chaplain’, he has published peer reviewed articles on the theory and practice of spiritual care. His areas of research and professional interest include non-religious spiritual care, particularly the relationship between spiritual care and psychotherapy (psychospiritual care); spiritual care in a secular environment; spiritual assessment; moral injury; and chaplain case studies. His doctoral research was an interdisciplinary study applying Lacanian psychoanalytic theory to the construction of religious identity (published as Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion, Continuum, 2009). His books include 'Spiritual Care at the End of Life: The Chaplain as a "Hopeful Presence"' (Jessica Kingsley, 2012), which presents research looking at how palliative care chaplains work with people who are dying; 'A to Z of Spirituality' (Palgrave 2013), a collaboration with Margaret Holloway; and with George Fitchett, 'Spiritual Care in Practice: Case Studies in Healthcare Chaplaincy' (Jessica Kingsley, 2015); and 'Case Studies in Spiritual Care: Healthcare Chaplaincy Assessments, Interventions and Outcomes' (Jessica Kinglsy, 2018). He holds a Visiting Research Fellowship at The University of Winchester and is a BACP accredited counsellor/therapist. Formerly, he has taught in the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, part of Cardiff University and was a founder member of the European Association for Palliative Care Taskforce on Spiritual Care.



How to Cite

Nolan, S. (2013). Chaplains, presence and hope beyond recovery. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 14(2), 12–16.

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