New head of spiritual care appointed

SIDE New head of spiritual care appointed

Alan Gibbon has been appointed as the head of spiritual care for NHS Tayside.

Alan may be known to many as he has been a familiar face across Tayside since 2010 when he first joined the spiritual care department as a part-time chaplain for Blairgowrie.  In 2012 Alan moved to hospice chaplaincy, working with CHAS at Rachel House, before returning to Tayside in June 2013 as community chaplain for Dundee.  In 2016 Alan was appointed to a senior chaplain role.

In addition to his Tayside role, Alan is the national strategic lead for Community Chaplaincy Listening (CCL) for NHS Education Scotland and lecturer in chaplaincy and spiritual care at Glasgow University.

Alan said, “I feel very privileged to be asked to lead the department as we move forward.  We have a strong team here in Tayside providing support across all care settings.  The work that we do through the staff wellbeing service and the ‘Do You Need to Talk’ listening service is well respected throughout Tayside and we are at the forefront of healthcare chaplaincy developments.  I hope that as a team we can continue to build on these successes as we plan for the future.”

Welcoming Alan into his new role, Director of Allied Health Professions Karen Anderson said, “The services offered by the spiritual care team in Tayside is highly regarded and pivotal in the support we have available for staff and people in our care.  I believe that, through Alan’s leadership, compassionate and person-centred care will be a keystone of our approaches as we take forward transformation of services in Tayside.”

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