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|Job Title||Project Researcher, Oxford Diocese & Freelance consultancy, research and professional development|
I currently work part-time for Oxford Diocese as a Researcher on a practical theology project which aims to support best practice in enabling people to engage with issues concerning the end of life. I also work freelance as a consultant, writer, researcher and provider of training and professional development. I have worked for many years as a Healthcare Chaplain and have specialised in palliative and End of Life Care with a strong interest in spirituality and healthcare. I have been involved with the development of chaplaincy ministry since 1989 as a practitioner, supervisor, educator, trainer and researcher. In 2013 I completed a doctorate in Practical Theology and have worked for the past five years in the area of Chaplaincy Studies.
Professional Doctorate (Practical Theology) 2013 Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge MA (Spirituality) 2001 London University Cert. Counselling 1992 Manchester University MA Theology & Religious Studies 1992 Cambridge University MA English Language & Literature 1985 Oxford University
- Roles and responsibilities
In the past I have taught on many different courses including: ecumenical chaplaincy training for ordinands on the Northern Ordination Course; bereavement care for NHS staff; spiritual care for NHS staff and volunteers; theological reflection for several organisations including the Salvation Army and Oxford Diocese; the Oxford Ministry Course; research methods for the College of Healthcare Chaplains and the professional doctorate programme at Anglia Ruskin University. I continue to offer seminars and workshops in the church, voluntary and public sectors.
I am an Anglican priest who has spent my ministry working as a chaplain in secular contexts.
Through my doctoral and subsequent research and its dissemination I have contributed to the growing conversation about the significance of chaplaincy ministry within the mission of the church.
I am a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon which is also a partner in my current work.
I am a member of BIAPT.
- Research interests and supervision areas
I am a practical theologian whose research interests focus around the study of the personal experience of the practices of the church and of the human experiences of illness and health. A specialist palliative care chaplain for most of my ministry, I have contributed material on spiritual care of the dying and bereaved to courses in several NHS and voluntary sector contexts and have been involved with the professional development of chaplaincy since 1989. In 1992-3 I contributed to the pioneering of professional standards for Healthcare Chaplains by the College of Healthcare Chaplains and, as a member of the National Executive of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains, in 2003 I contributed to the writing of professional standards for hospice and palliative care chaplaincy. In 2007 I wrote an education and training programme in Spiritual Care for the hospice to which I was consultant. In 2015 I contributed to the writing of an online module on chaplaincy for the Muslim Association of Chaplains in Education.
In 2009 I took up a research post at the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology (OXCEPT) with the remit to support the development of chaplaincy ministry and produced research reports for OXCEPT on chaplaincy and spiritual care in nursing and care homes (2010) and on chaplaincy in community contexts (2010). My interest in the growth of chaplaincy ministry in community contexts became the subject of my doctorate in 2013 which issued in the publication of Chaplaincy Ministry and the Mission of the Church in 2015.
In 2014 I co-authored the research report The Church of England’s Involvement in Chaplaincy, commissioned by the Church of England. My teaching and research experience has been grounded in listening to people’s stories and this has given me a particular interest in the use of Case Study. I have contributed a chapter to A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies: Understanding Spiritual Care in Public Places (2015) on developing practise-based evidence which focuses on this approach.
My focus on personal and professional development has led me to facilitate various groups in reflecting theologically on experience and in 2012 I co-authored Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing. How we flourish as human beings individually and as communities has been one of my main areas of concern and central to this has been my interest in spirituality. Within this I have had a strong interest in the relationship between spirituality and creativity including poetry, music, art and silence. These interests are brought together in my current post as Researcher on a practical theology project designed to evaluate and support the practice of people who are engaging with issues arising towards the end of life. I am currently working on a proposal for a book on the spirituality of caring.
I have provided informal supervision for peers at doctoral level. The areas that I am interested in are: chaplaincy ministry; contemporary spirituality; spirituality and healthcare; spirituality and ageing; death and dying; the spirituality of caring.
- Chaplaincy Ministry and the Mission of the Church. London: SCM, 2015.
- Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing (with Helen Cameron & John Reader). London: SCM, 2012.
Journal articles and chapters
- Developing Practice-Based Evidence in A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies: Understanding Spiritual Care in Public Places (eds. Swift, C., Cobb, M. & Todd. A.) Farnham: Ashgate, 2015.
- Living Church in the World: Chaplaincy and the Mission of the Church. Practical Theology, 5.3, pp. 307-320, 2012.
- What does ‘spirituality’ now mean to Palliative Care? European Journal of Palliative Care, 14.1, 2007.
- The Church of England’s Involvement in Chaplaincy (with Todd, A. & Dunlop, S.) The Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies & The Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology & Practical Theology, 2014. Report commissioned by the Church of England Department of Mission and Public Affairs.
- The Fresh Significance of Chaplaincy for the Mission and Ministry of the Church in England: Three Case Studies in Community Contexts. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University, 2013. D.Prof thesis available at: http://angliaruskin.openrepository.com/arro/handle/10540/305403.