Emerging Paradigms in Scottish Healthcare Chaplaincy

Disorientation or Re-orientation?


  • Michael Paterson NHS Education for Scotland Joining the Dots




chaplaincy, disorientation, health and social care, spiritual care


Institutionally-based crisis intervention, the traditional hallmark of healthcare chaplaincy, is under review as new initiatives in health and social care refocus the spotlight from responding to the needs of those in hospital to the promotion of wellbeing and resilience in local communities. In the first of three articles, the author reports the findings of a Review of Chaplaincy Education, Training and Formation conducted in Scotland in 2013. He explores the impact of shifting paradigms on healthcare chaplains using Ricoeur’s typology of orientation, disorientation and reorientation.

Author Biography

  • Michael Paterson, NHS Education for Scotland Joining the Dots

    Michael Paterson leads on Values Based Reflective Practice within NHS Spiritual Care, Scotland. He is currently developing an undergraduate formational degree in spiritual care for new entrants into the profession.


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How to Cite

Paterson, M. (2014). Emerging Paradigms in Scottish Healthcare Chaplaincy: Disorientation or Re-orientation?. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 2(1), 51-64. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v2i1.51