A little about me:
Most of my working life has been split between serving as a mental health chaplain and parish ministry. Until recently, I served as Research Chaplain where I enjoyed using grounded theory to explore mental health service user and carer perceptions of their treatment and care.
My association with St Padarn’s dates back to 2009 when I enrolled on the MTh. I value the way it brings together chaplains working in diverse contexts and helps them discover the essence of chaplaincy. I really like the way the team of part-time tutors combine academic expertise with deep insight as chaplaincy practitioners.
I most enjoy the company of friends or hill walking. My more solitary interests include photography, DIY, and computer programming.
My research interests
My research interests emerged from my work as a mental health chaplain. I am interested in advancing an ethical argument for coproduction. Coproduction is an approach where people who use services (and their carers where appropriate) consider, plan, research, design, deliver, and evaluate services alongside professionals and are understood as having vital contributions. I suggest that the ethics of co-production creates a compelling case for redesigning services around peoples’ life goals and combatting stigma.
Member of the Editorial Board for Practical Theology, 2016–20.
2020-2021 Raffay, J, McKeown, M, and Thornton, T (Eds.) Co-production in Mental Health: Lighting up Dark Places, Monmouth: PCCS Books. Approved for publication.
2019 Bryant, D and Raffay, J, Co-production and Promoting Spiritual Wellbeing in Mental Health, in Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care: Fostering Spiritual Wellbeing in Emerging Paradigms of Care, Ed. by Ewan Kelly and John Swinton. London: Jessica Kingsley.
2018 Raffay, J and Bryant, D, Spiritual Care: Understanding the Service User, Understanding Ourselves, in Essentials of Mental Health Nursing, Ed. by Karen Wright and Mick McKeown, London: Sage.
2016 Raffay, J, The Francis Report (2013): Neo-Pharisaism in the NHS? Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 4.1, 20-34.
2016 Raffay, J, Wood, E, Todd, A, Service User Views of Spiritual and Pastoral Care in NHS Mental Health Services: A Co-produced Constructivist Grounded Theory Investigation, BMC Psychiatry. 16:200, DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-0903-9