Scottish Ambulance Service
In mid-2019, the Scottish Ambulance Service established a Chaplaincy in the Service for the first time. This initiative was developed as a ‘Test-of-Change’, initially centred in the Glasgow base.
The purpose of the Chaplaincy is to provide support to staff. The Chaplaincy does not have a specific religious role (unless requested by individual staff) but, rather, uses the services of religious clergy due to the significant experience and ability to confidentially support individuals inherent in that role. It was envisaged that the Chaplaincy Service would serve as an adjunct to Service welfare arrangements.
The Chaplaincy offers care, support to staff regarding critical incidents, loss, grief, difficult ethical decision making, support with inter-personal issues and other personal/professional concerns. Ritual/prayers when may be offered if requested. In addition, the Chaplaincy offers help to interpret cultures/faith traditions that impact on the relationships with local faith communities and their leaders on behalf of the Service. The Chaplain is available as a ‘proclaimer of hope’, and a ‘pastor on the job’. It is hoped that the service will be perceived as a confidential and safe resource that is easily accessible, supportive and, in essence, a ‘listening ear’.
Reverend Dr Michael Killoran Ross has been appointed as the Chaplain to the Service. Deacon Michael is a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, and divides his time between the Scottish Ambulance Service and Parish responsibilities in St Bride’s Parish, East Kilbride. Formerly a Consultant ClinicalPsychologist/Head of Psychological Therapies in NHS Lanarkshire, Deacon Michael retired from the NHS in late-2018. Born and raised in Canada, Deacon Michael has lived in Scotland for thirty years and now proudly considers Scotland ‘home’. He is married and is the father of two children, both of whom are currently completing University.
‘I am really pleased to have been offered this opportunity’, Deacon Michael said, ‘and look forward to providing any support I can to the men and women in the Service.’
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