The Evolution of Spiritual Care and Healthcare Chaplaincy in Scotland


  • Sarah Giffen Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice
  • David Mitchell University of Glasgow



Chaplaincy, General Practice, Healthcare, Primary Care, Scotland, Spiritual Care, Wellbeing


As healthcare policy moves from the realms of "treating disease" towards supporting "well-being" there is a natural move from traditional hospital services to community care. Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care services are uniquely placed to understand the language and essence of this paradigm shift and are developing new models of spiritual care to support it. However, such a shift is not without its challenges. This article explores the shift from current healthcare practices to the promotion of communitybased care focused on well-being in NHS Scotland. It introduces the new models of spiritual care that are being developed to embrace the change. In conclusion, it highlights the challenges of change that arise from new models of care while at the same time embraces the recognition of spiritual care as an integral dimension of modern healthcare.

Author Biographies

  • Sarah Giffen, Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice

    Sarah Giffen works as a chaplain in a General Practice Medical Centre in Glasgow.

  • David Mitchell, University of Glasgow

    David Mitchell is Programme Leader for Healthcare Chaplaincy at the University of Glasgow. 


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How to Cite

Giffen, S., & Mitchell, D. (2018). The Evolution of Spiritual Care and Healthcare Chaplaincy in Scotland. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 6(1), 36-45.