Andrew joined St Christopher’s as Chaplain in January 2005, completing his doctoral research in 2007. He is a Methodist Minister with 14 years’ Church based experience gained in several localities throughout the UK, both urban and rural.
In his role at St Christopher’s Andrew is concerned to ensure that all end of life care professionals have the skills and confidence to offer spiritual assessment and ongoing support to all patients and their families.
He has a particular interest in the concept of spiritual pain as a way of understanding spiritual need. For patients with faith needs Andrew is developing the pastoral and religious role of Spiritual Care Lead. Andrew graduated in 2014 with the King’s College, London, MSc in Palliative Care and his dissertation explored the experiences and attitudes of community clergy in caring for dying people.
He is a co facilitator for the Spirituality Education Group on the European Association of Palliative Care and a member of the Spirituality Taskforce of the EAPC.
Andrew has published extensively and co-edited, in 2018, with Nigel Hartley, ‘Spirituality in Hospice care: How staff and volunteers can support the dying and their families.’ He recently worked with a team from Hull University on a major research project ‘Remember Me – The Changing Face of Memorialisation’.
His strand of the study considered how those who have experienced the care of a family member or friend under a hospice service are invited to remember the deceased in memorial events and through free writing. An article, ‘Hospices as Facilitators of Memorialisation’, based on the research will be published in the journal Mortality.