Best practice in health and social care attends to the whole person – the physical, mental, social and spiritual aspects of human living. Spiritual Care is a core and fundamental component of Person-Centred Care which seeks to help people (re)discover hope, resilience and inner strength in times of illness, injury, transition and loss. When emotional and spiritual needs are addressed, human beings experience a greater sense of personal and communal resilience and wellbeing.
Chaplains are Spiritual Care specialists and work as an integral part of inter-disciplinary health and social care teams. Their primary responsibility is to promote, facilitate and meet the spiritual wellbeing of health and social care communities and those who are part of them – service users, carers, staff and volunteers.
Chaplains working within Spiritual Care may come from any faith or belief background or none. All chaplains are employed by NHS Scotland on a strict, non-denominational basis and do not represent any one faith or belief community within the workplace.