THE LOCATION AND IDENTITY OF CHAPLAINS

A CONTEXTUAL MODEL

Authors

  • Mark Cobb University of Sheffield

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i2.10

Keywords:

healthcare chaplaincy, social identity, community, social context

Abstract

The place of chaplaincy in healthcare is endorsed by current guidance in the NHS, but chaplains are also recognised as belonging to other communities. This can be both advantageous and problematic for chaplains. The identity of chaplains is intrinsically social and the communities they are associated with are important sources of determining identity and location. A contextual model pro-vides a way of understanding this identity through three principal communities: the healthcare community, the disciplinary community and the faith community. The model explains why chaplains provide a valuable contribution to healthcare.

Author Biography

Mark Cobb, University of Sheffield

Mark Cobb is a Senior Chaplain and Clinical Director of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, an Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sheffield and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester.

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Published

2013-04-10

How to Cite

Cobb, M. (2013). THE LOCATION AND IDENTITY OF CHAPLAINS: A CONTEXTUAL MODEL. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 10–15. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i2.10