Reverend Dr Hamilton Inbadas
- Research Associate (Wellcome Trust) (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)
telephone: +44 (0) 1387 702008
I am an ordained minister of the Church of South India – Kanyakumari Diocese – with several years of clinical, teaching and research experience in palliative care in India. My interest in end of life issues stems from my experience as a palliative care chaplain at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India since 2004. I was involved in providing spiritual care and psychological support to palliative care patients and their families. My role also included teaching spiritual care, communication skills and ethical issues in end of life care for medical, nursing, allied health and theology students at the college and various other institutions across India.
I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham. My doctoral research was a cross-disciplinary research involving philosophical and theological analysis as well as an oral history study to explore the historical-cultural understanding of spirituality at the end of life in India. I hold bachelor degrees in English Literature and Theology and masters degrees in Journalism and Bioethics. My bioethics masters was an Erasmus Mundus masters degree at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and the university of Padova, Italy.
As part of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group as a Research Associate my primary responsibility is to contribute to the research activities of the Wellcome Trust funded project Global Interventions at the End of Life leading on the following case studies: ‘Declarations as advocacy interventions’, ‘The international transfer and translation of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient’ and ‘The formulation, consequences and impact of the integral end-of-life care (the Belgian model of legal physician- assisted dying and palliative care). I also led the work on the creation and publication of the Scottish Atlas of Palliative Care, which was funded by the Scottish Government.
- Palliative care
- Historical, cultural and contextual understandings of spirituality at the end of life
- Spiritual care in end of life care
- Theological, philosophical and cultural understandings of death, dying and bereavement
- Ethical issues in end of life care
- Oral history
- Qualitative research methods
- I co-convene and teach on the course ‘global challenges at the end of life’ as part of the undergraduate degree programme on Health & Social Policy (Dumfries Campus) at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow. The aim of the course is to foster a critical understanding of the global significance of death, dying and bereavement and to examine how the provision of care at the end of life is subject to shifting social, cultural and policy influences – thereby developing skills in global policy analysis and evidence synthesis.
- I teach 'palliative, spiritual care and mental health' on the taught masters in Global Mental Health at the University of Glasgow.