Learning about Spiritual Care

It Matters!


  • Irene Janette McTaggart University of Dundee
  • Gillian Munro NHS Tayside
  • Elizabeth Rogerson University of Dundee
  • Linda Martingdale University of Dundee




spirituality, chaplaincy, care, compassion, Interprofessional, education


Spiritual Care is everybody’s business (SEHD, 2002, SGHD, 2008), presenting many challenges as we go about our daily work; therefore education is important in helping us prepare to meet such challenges. A small e-learning unit (GLIDER™) aimed at all healthcare workers who have contact with patients and their families was developed in partnership with the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, funded by NHS Education Scotland. Common themes of change were noted in participants including them becoming more focussed in their thinking, more aware of the needs of their colleagues and considerate to the place of faith as appropriate to the individual.The GLIDER™ is now a compulsory part of the undergraduate nursing programme at the University of Dundee whilst currently being considered for inclusion in both the medical and dental school undergraduate programmes as part of the university’s commitment to interprofessional learning.

Author Biographies

  • Irene Janette McTaggart, University of Dundee

    Irene Janette McTaggart (corresponding author) is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and College Lead of Interprofessional Learning at the University of Dundee.

  • Gillian Munro, NHS Tayside

    Gillian Munro is the Head of Spiritual Care in NHS Tayside

  • Elizabeth Rogerson, University of Dundee

    Dr. Elizabeth Rogerson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee

  • Linda Martingdale, University of Dundee

    Linda Martindale is a Lecturer at the University of Dundee


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How to Cite

McTaggart, I., Munro, G., Rogerson, E., & Martingdale, L. (2013). Learning about Spiritual Care: It Matters!. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 15(1), 16-20. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v15i1.16