Improved pastoral care for Muslims in British public institutions
Professor Gilliat-Ray’s research has demonstrated the positive effect of involving Muslim religious professionals in providing religious and pastoral care in public institutions in Britain, especially in prisons and hospitals. Raised awareness of these benefits on account of this research has led to a more positive attitude towards chaplaincy among Muslims and encouraged more prisons, hospitals and other institutions to recruit Muslim chaplains. Standards of care for prisoners, patients and other services users have consequently improved while other staff now have a better understanding of Islam and a more cohesive multi-faith approach to service delivery. The Cardiff research undertaken by Gilliat-Ray has also informed the training of Muslim chaplains, raising professional standards and improving trainees’ awareness of the significance of their work.