Research in Chaplaincy – A Day to Rekindle the Flame!


  • Steve Nolan Princess Alice Hospice



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Author Biography

  • Steve Nolan, Princess Alice Hospice

    Revd Dr Steve Nolan has been chaplain at Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, since 2004. As well as being a ‘jobbing chaplain’, he has published a number of peer reviewed articles on the theory and practice of spiritual care. His areas of research and professional interest include non-religious spiritual care, particularly the relationship between spiritual care and psychotherapy (psychospiritual care); spiritual care in a secular environment; and spiritual assessment. His doctoral research was an interdisciplinary study drawing on psychoanalytic film theory to examine the construction of religious identity (published as Film, Lacan and the Subject of Religion, Continuum, 2009). He has recently published research looking at how palliative care chaplains work with people who are dying (Spiritual Care at the End of Life: The Chaplain as a ‘Hopeful Presence’, Jessica Kingsley, 2012) and his forthcoming book is a collaboration with Prof Margaret Holloway (A to Z of Spirituality (Palgrave 2014). He is accredited as a psychotherapist and has been a part-time tutor on the MTh in Chaplaincy Studies in the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, St Michael’s College, Llandaff, part of Cardiff University and a member of the European Association for Palliative Care Taskforce on Spiritual Care.


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Fitchett, G., and D. Grossoehme (2012) “Health Care Chaplaincy as a Research-informed Profession”. In Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook, ed. S. B. Roberts, 387–406. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths.

Mowat, H. (2008) The Potential for Efficacy of Healthcare Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Provision in the NHS (UK). Aberdeen: Mowat Research.

Selman, L., T. Young, M. Vermandere, I. Stirling and C. Leget (Forthcoming) “Research Priorities in Spiritual Care: An International Survey of Palliative Care Researchers and Clinicians”. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.



How to Cite

Nolan, S. (2014). Report: Research in Chaplaincy – A Day to Rekindle the Flame!. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 1(2), 117-122.