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News Sheet No 8
in Store in the Journal
As a result of the recent Spirituality in Health and Community Care Conference held at Stirling there are likely to be marked changes in the way chaplains are appointed and how spiritual care is resourced in Scotland and by NHS Trusts in particular. In the next issue of the Journal we hope to print some of the presentations from the conference, the Deputy Minister for Healthís speech, and a report on the conference by Dr Alison Elliot. It is likely that by the deadline for the next issue a new NHS Management Executive Letter will have been published, and we may be able to include that too.
This is clearly a time of change. The Editorial Board of the Journal are keen to stimulate debate and utilise the letters pages in the Journal.
Will there be a more determined move towards more full-time chaplaincy by Trusts, and is that a good thing or not?
The full-time chaplains appear to see the developments as a positive change and raising of awareness, what do part-time and denominational chaplains think?
What of chaplaincy as a career, how many chaplains do you know who have gone back to a parish?
Do chaplains need to be ordained or have parish experience? What about new graduates with a chaplaincy degree?
With increasing pressure on the churches for ministers and priests, is it not time to make greater use of lay ministries? Must it be a priest who administers the Sacrament of the Sick?
The editors would welcome letters and short articles up to 1200 -1500. Donít just sit there and think it
David Mitchell and Georgina Nelson