The Evolution of Spiritual Care and Healthcare Chaplaincy in Scotland
Keywords: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.
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