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About the Journal
Editor in Chief
Lindsay B. Carey, La Trobe University, Australia
Duncan MacLaren, NHS Tayside, NHS Lothian, UK
Daniel Nuzum, University College Cork, Ireland
Piret Paal, Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversitat, Austria
Linda Ross, University of South Wales and Staffordshire University, UK
Chris Swift, Chaplaincy for Methodist Homes, UK
Book Review Editor
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Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Health and Social Care Chaplaincy is a peer-reviewed, international journal that assists health and social care chaplains to explore the art and science of spiritual care within a variety of contexts. The journal was founded in 2013 through the merger of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy (issn:1748-801X) and the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy (issn:1463-9920). Members of the UK College of Health Care Chaplains, the Professional Association of Practitioners in Spiritual Care, Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy (in association with Spiritual Care Australia), and the New Zealand Healthcare Chaplains Association receive the journal as part of their membership. For more details on membership subscriptions, please click on the 'members' button at the top of this page. Back issues of both previous journals have been loaded onto this website (see Archives) and online access to these back issues is included in all subscriptions.
Health and Social Care Chaplaincy is a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of a range of issues related to the delivery of spiritual care across various settings: acute, paediatric, mental health, palliative care and community. It encourages a creative collaboration and interface between health and social care practitioners in the UK and internationally and consolidates different traditions of discourse and communication research in its commitment to an understanding of psychosocial, cultural and ethical aspects of healthcare in contemporary societies. It is responsive to both ecumenical and interfaith agendas as well as those from a humanist perspective.
The journal focuses on ensuring that chaplains have the essential knowledge, skills and character required to perform chaplaincy services in a range of health and social care contexts. It fosters ethical practice; enhanced discourse and communication skills; philosophical and critical understanding; proficiency in assessment, intervention and evaluation; research literacy; team working and awareness of the contribution of other disciplines in the delivery of health and social care. It enables chaplains to offer staff support, enhance organisational spirituality and contribute to health and wellbeing in their communities.
The journal strives to bring the best practitioners and academics in the field into critical dialogue and also sets aside a place to encourage first time authors and reflective practitioners.
The editors are supported by an international, interdisciplinary advisory board.
From the SCOPUS Review of the journal (October 2017): It is good to see the level of citations in Scopus journals which demonstrates the value placed on the scholarly output of the journal and all Editors are to be commended on this development . The journal offers content that is of value to all health and social care professionals and contexts and it is noted as an international journal with an international Editorial Board.
Potential contributors should review the Guidelines for Submission on the For Authors page. Submissions should be made online.
Publication and Frequency: 2 issues per volume year, May and November
ISSN 2051-5553 (print)
ISSN 2051-5561 (online)