Theology at the Coal-Face of Hospitalisation
The Development and Evaluation of a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy
Keywords:Capabilities, chaplaincy education, competences, continuing professional development, spiritual and religious care
Healthcare chaplaincy is working towards recognition as a registered health profession. An accredited programme of professional education is part of that process. The University of Glasgow supported by NHS Education for Scotland have developed a programme of professional education for healthcare chaplains that is integrated into an MSc. (MedSci) in healthcare. This article outlines the commissioning, development and evaluation of a postgraduate certificate in healthcare chaplaincy by students, clinical mentors and experienced healthcare chaplains. It also highlights an innovative approach to practice development in spiritual and religious care in healthcare.
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