The journal Health and Social Care Chaplaincy (HSCC) has released a Special Issue on COVID-19. HSCC 8(2) is now available online presenting chaplaincy spiritual care from seven different countries during the first six months of COVID-19. An editorial summary of the articles (by Lindsay Carey, Chris Swift and Meg Burton) is also available. Both may be accessed via this link.
HSCC 8(2) serves as the ‘starter’ for our feast of work to come – the Emerging Changes Project (as mentioned in the August newsletter). The outcomes of an international survey across three continents: Australia, Europe and North America will be soon released. Writing is well underway, and a special edition of Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling will be accessible on-line on 15 January containing about ten articles reporting on different aspects of this study. We will keep you posted.
Kate Eve and Christine Phillips have also written an article of interest offering a narrative review of the systems ensuring safe practice for the Spiritual Care workforce, and focusing on the relationships between professional associations, clinical workforce capability and education in this field of practice in Australia.
The education and training of clinical practitioners revealed substantial gaps and inconsistencies, findings which align with variability of practitioner capability and which provide no assurance of quality or accountability. The authors make recommendations for relevant stakeholders with a view to improving safety and quality of care consistent with other health care professions and to assure the Australian public that accountability is core to the services provided in their name and under their jurisdiction.