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Mental Health Chaplaincy in the UK During COVID-19 : A Personal Reflection

Issue: Vol 8 No. 2 (2020) Special Issue: COVID-19

Journal: Health and Social Care Chaplaincy

Subject Areas: Healthcare Communication

DOI: 10.1558/hscc.41803


The response to COVID-19 in the United Kingdom led to dramatic changes in the nature and practice of healthcare chaplaincy; arguably the greatest changes have been in the area of mental health chaplaincy. This article provides a personal reflection by a mental health chaplain describing the effects on them, their practice, and their NHS Trust. It shows that chaplains are adapting to these changes. A conclusion outlines possible future responses, since the changing healthcare landscape will continue to be affected by this pandemic for some time to come.

Author: Graham Peacock

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[1] p18

[1] Ibid p19

[1] Nouwen H, 1979,1999 The Wounded Healer, London: DLT .The book was given to me over twenty years ago when I began full time ordained ministry. I have found that it is something that I have often returned to subsequently.

[1] Newitt M, 2011,in Threlfall-Holmes M and Newitt M, Being a chaplain, London: SPCK p106

[1] Ibid p106

[1] Bierbaum R in Fletcher J (ed), Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in Mental Health Settings, London, Jessica Kingsley p98

[1] Swinton J 2019,ibid  p9

[1] Nouwen, ibid p100