Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care blog
Our regular blog will see posts from various members of our spiritual care team or a guest writer. This month, Sally Nash, Research Director at the CPSC, reflects on the past two years since the Centre was founded.
Celebration is an important dimension to our lives and this is a milestone I am excited to celebrate. I hope we have some cake to do it with too! Our Centre is a physical room where we have lots of books and articles and artifacts some of which are the creations of children and young people we work with. For me it is significant because we are pulling together some of the best practice of paediatric chaplains at BCH but elsewhere too and we have the centre to disseminate it. I have been in education for more years than I want to admit to - well over 30 and you can spend so much time reinventing the wheel but having an idea which you can try out or build upon can be so helpful and inspiring.
My broader background is in training people on degree courses to work with young people and more recently children. To be able to bring some of my knowledge and best practice principles to the work of the Centre has been a privilege. I get to apply my knowledge and experience elsewhere and to encourage others to engage in creative practice in their work. I have been able to introduce some University accredited modules which people can take at undergraduate or Masters level and am delighted that Liz Bryson, one of our talented volunteers, is coming to the Institute for Children Youth and Mission Award Ceremony to receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Chaplaincy. Equipping and releasing people is one of my passions and giving people the opportunity to get formal recognition for this is a great privilege.
Over the next year we hope to complete our research into supporting siblings where one of the family have a rare disease. We have been editing a book on paediatric chaplaincy which we hope to launch in May 2018 and along with that are continuing to work on a taxonomy of paediatric chaplaincy and have articles in the pipeline on that.
I have learnt so much through working for the Centre for a day a week but perhaps most from interviewing siblings and seeing the love, care, compassion and courage they express along with some of the more difficult realities of their situation.
24.08.2017 Emma Roberts, Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at Birmingham Children's Hospital, has written about a conference she recently attended.
21.07.2017 Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice describe their Eid celebrations.
29.06.2017 Kathryn Darby, Christian Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital, writes about the launch of the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Healthcare (ERICH), which took place in Belgium in June 2017
26.05.17 Kate Fox Robinson, Masters student at the University of Manchester, writes about the five key areas which emerged from her Masters dissertation on 'Ensuring meaningful spiritual care for children and young people with complex needs and their families throughout palliative care'.
12.04.17 Kate Fox Robinson, Masters student at the University of Manchester, summaires the research she did for her disseration on 'Ensuring meaningful spiritual care for children and young people with complex needs and their families throughout palliative care'.
15.03.17 Two extracts from 'Spiritual Care with Sick Children and Young People' describing spiritual care with a disabled child.
09.02.17 Jodie Cotterrell, a student with Midlands Children and Youth Ministry on placement at Birmingham Children's Hospital, reflects on her time so far as a student.
05.01.17 Read about the staff support module run by the BCH Chaplaincy team, and hear some of the feedback from one of the participants.
08.12.16 Kathy Green, Chaplaincy team leader at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, describes how support was developed for non-clinical staff on an HDU.
03.11.16 Emma Roberts writes about how key biomedical ethical principles can be used as a framework to think about the way that spiritual care is provided.
11.10.16 Linda Wollschlaeger-Fischer writes about spirituality and grief in children and young people.
07.09.16 Emma Roberts and Sally Nash relfect on the CPSC's first year.
13.08.16 Dr Emily Harrop, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen and Douglas House, introduces Ana Todorovic, who has written about her experiences of bereavement.
19.07.16 Lorraine Beddard, a Teenage and Young Adult Clinical Liaison Nurse, writes about supporting a young adult recovering from cancer.
27.06.16 Sally Nash, Researcher at the CPSC, writes about a conference where she and Paul Nash presented a paper.
15.06.16 Emma Roberts, Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care, writes about the research background of our sibling support project.
01.06.16 Liz Bryson, a Chaplaincy volunteer, and her family are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of her daughter Katie. She explains why they have chosen to make this journey.
18.05.16 Christine Williams gives a grandmother's perspective on having a sick child in the family, and gives her insights for those caring for the family.
20.04.16 The opening of a new Peaceful Space at the hospital
06.04.16 Sophie Slater-Evans, a student with Midlands CYM, visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of her course. She reflects on Chaplaincy with sick children
27.03.16 Sally Nash, Director of Research at the CPSC, writes about attending a rare diseases day at Birmingham Children's Hospital
09.03.16 Ambreen Pervez, a Muslim chaplain at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, reflects on spiritual care from an Islamic perspective, and talks about developing activities for Muslim patients.
03.02.16 Parkash Sohal, Sikh Chaplain, and Diane Maybey, Therapeutic Consultant, tell us about their experiences of volunteering with a healthcare charity in India.
14.01.16 Nick Ball, Christian Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital, gives an example of spiritual care with a sick child.
23.12.15 Rachel Hill-Brown, Christian Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital, reflects on Christmas in the hospital.
10.12.15 Emma Roberts, Project Coordinator and Research Assistant at Birmingham Children's Hospital, writes about human rights and spiritual care.
03.12.15 Kathryn Darby, a Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital, writes about lunchtime mindfulness sessions for staff
18.11.15 Alison Bennet, a Physiotherapist at Acorns Children's Hospital, talks about a Spiritual Care Week that was held at the hospice.
5.11.15 Jayne Tomlinson, a Nurse Specialist at Birmingham Children's Hospital, writes about attending a staff self-care retreat day.
27.10.15 Kathryn Darby, Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital - 'Conversations with Teddy'.
14.10.15 Adam Truman, Staff Nurse at Birmingham Children's Hospital, shares his expereince with a patient.
24.09.15 Sally Nash, Director of Research at the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care, writes about a message in a bottle spiritual care activity.
17.09.15 Jim Meighan, Healthcare Chaplain at Yorkhill Children's Hospital tells us about Yorkhill's 'Royal Hospital for Sick Teddies'.
10.09.15 Liz Bryson, Spiritual Care volunteer with the Birmingham Children's Hospital Chaplaincy team, gives her thoughts on lament.