Spirituality and Health and Social Care


Description of impact

The issue of spiritual care is enshrined within both health and social care policy in Scotland. Both sectors often struggle to meet these needs. This impact case study relates to two unique initiatives arising from the research of Swinton that have sought to address this gap in knowledge and practice. The Kairos Forum for People with Intellectual or Cognitive Disabilities has focused on putting academic research into practice for issues relating to spirituality and intellectual disabilities. The Community Chaplaincy Listening Project has taken chaplaincy provision and spiritual care and extended it into the community. Together these initiatives have contributed to better practice in relation to healthcare (especially relating to mental health) and the lives of people with disabilities, for the NHS, churches and social care.
Impact statusImpact Completed (Open)


  • Theology and Religious Studies