Editorial Team

Editor in Chief


Dr. Lindsay Carey, MAppSc, PhD, is Head of Public Health Major and Course Adviser for the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, plus Research Fellow with the Palliative Care Unit, School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Carey's research interests include quantitative and qualitative research, public health, pastoral care, spirituality, palliative and aged care, death and dying, religiosity and health, the sacralization of identity process and occupational epidemiology. He first commenced tertiary teaching and research in 1989 with the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences (Melbourne) and then from 1992 with the School of Public Health, La Trobe University (Melbourne). He has served as Research Fellow for the Caring for Caregivers Program (Victoria), Research Fellow with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Evaluation Program, Chaplaincy Research Fellow with the Pastoral Care Department of the Northern General Hospital (Sheffield, UK), National Research Fellow with the Australian Health & Welfare Chaplains Association (AHWCA) and Staff-Chaplain (Research) to the RAAF Director of Chaplaincy-Air Command . In 2010 he was made a Life Member of 'Spiritual Care Australia' and an Honorary Scholar with the Centre of Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University (US). He has twenty five years of pastoral care experience and research in parish and chaplaincy settings (including industrial chaplaincy, welfare chaplaincy, health care chaplaincy and defence force chaplaincy).


Meg has recently retired as Head of Chaplaincy for the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust. She moved to this post in October 2012, having previously served as Lead Chaplain and Deputy Chaplaincy Manager for 6 years based at Bassetlaw District General Hospital, Worksop, and 6 years as Chaplain based at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. While a Methodist Minister in circuit in the 1990s, she was Free Church Chaplain at Rampton Hospital. Meg completed her MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy at the University of Leeds in 2004. Her dissertation was entitled, The Role of the Chaplain in the Multi-disciplinary Palliative Care Team. Part of her research was based at Peel Memorial Hospital, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. She was Editor of the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy and is currently Joint Secretary for Health Care Chaplains for the Free Churches Group, UK.

Duncan is a healthcare chaplain, psychotherapist, and educator. An Anglican priest for 25 years, he now works in NHS Lothian supporting patients, carers and staff. He has a background in film-making and feature writing, producing content for the charity and religious sector. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio Scotland's Thought for the Day. He is an educator at university level in ethics and pastoral theology, with a PhD in the sociology of religion.

Healthcare Chaplain at Cork University Hospital and Bon Secours Hospital since 2009. Healthcare Chaplain at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice since 2011. Rural Dean of Cork City since 2002. Diocesan Ecumenical Officer since 2002.

Researcher in palliative care and facilitator at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education, Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversitat, Salzburg, Austria.

Linda Ross is a Professor of Nursing (specialising in spirituality) at the University of South Wales. Her PhD in 1992 was the first to explore nurses’ perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care which she published as a book in 1997. She has published extensively on the subject of spirituality, contributing to numerous texts such as the ‘Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare’ (Cobb, Rumbold & Puchalski, 2012) and ‘Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare Practice (McSherry & Ross, 2010). For the last 30 years such has led numerous research studies on spiritual care in both nursing practice and nurse education, as well as leading training workshops and seminars for healthcare staff internationally. She contributed to the Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Spirituality in nursing Care: a pocket guide’ and ‘Spirituality in nursing care on-line resource’, and to the spiritual care guidance which accompanies the Welsh Government’s Health and Care Standards (2015). She is a founding member and Secretary for the British Society for the Study of Spirituality and an Executive Editor for the Society’s affiliated journal ‘Journal for the Study of Spirituality’. She is also a founding member of the European Spirituality in Nursing Research Network which is currently leading an Erasmus funded 3 year project to establish best practice in spiritual care nurse education across Europe (www.epicc-project.eu).

Before becoming Director at Chaplaincy for Methodist Homes in June 2017, Chris Swift was Head of Chaplaincy at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals where he served from 2001. Between 2004 and 2007 he was President of the College of Health Care Chaplains. Since obtaining his PhD in 2005 from the University of Sheffield he has continued to research and publish and was instrumental in establishing the MA in Health & Social Care Chaplaincy at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2011. Chris is a module leader on the MA and also holds an honorary research fellowship at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the editorial board for the Christian social responsibility journal, Crucible, and has served on the editorial team of the UK's Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy for many years prior to the agreement to publish Health & Social Care Chaplaincy.

Book Review Editors

  • Mark Newitt, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Fran Kissack, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Editorial Board

  • Carlo Leget, University of Humanistic Studies, Netherlands
  • John McMahon, West London Mental Health Trust, United Kingdom
  • Steve Nolan, Princess Alice Hospice The University of Winchester, United Kingdom