My name is Paul and I’m married with children, grandchildren and a mortgage. I’m a recent recruit to Walking Football and the proud owner of a new pair of Adidas Predator astro-turf boots!
Before coming into Chaplaincy in 2009, I had a 25-year career in IT working in both public and private sectors. I’ve had chaplaincy roles in hospice, acute and specialist board settings in Scotland. One relevant highlight was being part of the team that delivered the new Health and Social Care Chaplaincy Journal, which has been a game changer in raising the profile of research and developments in chaplaincy. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop skills in values-based reflective practice (VBRP) and supervision.
I’m the lead for Lanarkshire’s Staff Care and Wellbeing Service which seeks to build resilience and enhance wellbeing for all staff within NHS Lanarkshire and North and South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnerships. I am the Wellbeing Champion for our NHS board and a trained Schwartz round facilitator.
I am a member of the Spiritual Care professional leadership group in Scotland, a director on the UKBHC and have been a member of Unite it was formed in 2007 and the College since 2010.
I believe that chaplaincy has a huge opportunity to contribute across health and social care as we recover from the pandemic. It’s an opportunity that could transform us from an ‘emerging’ profession to an established one in health and social care.
You can get me on Twitter: @pfgweb
Head of Spiritual Care & Wellbeing
Tel: 07717 815581