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Independent Advocacy and Spiritual Care

Insights from Service Users, Advocates, Health Care Professionals and Chaplains

  • Explores the emergence of advocacy as a profession through a series of case studies

  • Provides a unique perspective of advocacy through the lens of faith and culture

  • Highlights the need for advocates to meet the spiritual needs of their patients


About this book


This book explores the profession of independent advocacy through a history of the practice, and provides an empirical study of its emergence in London. While advocacy has long been associated with professions such as social work and mental health nursing, this book delivers a unique perspective of advocacy through the lens of faith and culture. Using real life examples and insights from service users, advocates and spiritual care practitioners in the advocacy and chaplaincy sectors, the fascinating results offer proposals for enhanced theory, training and practice in independent advocacy. It will be of great interest for students and professionals engaged in advocacy or spiritual care.


religion mental health healthcare social care incapacity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.North Middlesex University Hospital NHS TrustLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Revd Dr Geoff Morgan is Head of Spiritual Care at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, and Team Chaplain at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, supporting patients, their relatives and staff in north London and Oxfordshire. Prior to chaplaincy, Geoff worked for voluntary organisations, and was an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate in south London while researching the emergent profession of advocacy. Geoff was ordained in 1991, completed his MPhil in 1997, and is author of Offerings from Kenya to Anglicanism with the Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings.

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