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Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care is person centred care which seeks to help people (re)discover hope, resilience and inner strength in times of illness, injury, transition and loss.

Spiritual Care is provided by all who work in health and social care as well as by patients, carers and friends.  The role of specialist spiritual care providers - healthcare chaplains - includes helping to resource, enable and affirm colleagues of different disciplines in their delivery of spiritual care.  Significantly this involves supporting them in reflecting on their own spirituality and that of patients and their carers.

In the field of Spiritual Care, NES has the following roles:

  • Continuing professional development of healthcare chaplains
  • Developing educational resources to enhance the delivery of spiritual care by the health and social care workforce in Scotland
  • Helping to promote an evidence base for spiritual care which informs best practice