The ACGP Team
Fiona Collins trained as an Engineer. She had experience being a Lay Pastor in a large church before working as a Chaplain for Wellbeing for nine years in two contexts of General Practice. The first was Medical Centre based within a three centre group then also under the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub for Sandwell and West Birmingham. Then became involved in Management of a team of Chaplains and also provided Supervision for Chaplains. Fiona chairs the Association of Chaplains in General Practice.
Ross Bryson has worked as a GP in a multicultural urban context for over 30 years. He has seen both the range of human need and the potential to meet that need through a compassionate and integrated primary healthcare team. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practice on account of his work in developing whole person healthcare. Understanding how the universal needs of the human spirit can be recognised and cared for in General Practice led Ross to establish an NHS GP Chaplaincy service in 1997. He has been involved in the research and development of this since then, which has included providing this service to the NHS within wellbeing hubs and defining professional standards for primary care chaplaincy.
Liz Bryson has a background in education and currently works in Paediatric Chaplaincy offering pastoral, spiritual and religious care to children, families and staff. Her journey in understanding the needs of the human spirit has been shaped by raising four children to adulthood; being a long-term carer for a disabled child; experiencing and processing loss through the death of an adult daughter; mentoring individuals and couples within a faith community; and working with her husband Ross in developing Chaplaincy in General Practice and its Accreditation Process.
Gordon MacDonald is a GP in Glasgow. Where they have a chaplaincy service (running for 12 years) and expanding into our local cluster of practices. He has carried out various research into primary care chaplaincy and spoke at ACGP’s conference in 2019. Gordon is an advisor to the ACGP.
Sarah Giffen has been a primary care chaplain since 2013: seeing patients, developing the service and involved in some research into primary care chaplaincy. She has a MSc in Advanced Healthcare with a specialism in Chaplaincy. Sarah is an advisor to the ACGP.