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Spiritual care in the health service: still relevant and realistic?

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Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

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Dr Linda Ross

Spiritual care in the health service: still relevant and realistic?
a public lecture by Dr Linda Ross, Reader in Spirituality & Healthcare at the University of South Wales

This paper will question whether spiritual care, which has historically been an integral part of healthcare, is still relevant today. This will be achieved by looking at what consumers want and by looking at what the healthcare policies which shape our health services and the ethical codes/educational guidelines which shape the people delivering these services, have to say about that. The question of whether spiritual care is central to ‘good care’, and therefore necessary, will then be considered by examining practical examples of good and bad care and by drawing upon research evidence. Finally consideration will be given to the question of how realistic it is to deliver high quality spiritual care within an already stretched health service; suggestions for how that might happen are offered drawing upon examples of novel initiatives and research currently in progress.

Dr Linda Ross is a Reader in Spirituality & Healthcare at the University of South Wales. Her PhD in 1992 was the first to explore nurses’ perceptions of spirituality and spiritual care which she published as a book in 1997. She has published extensively on the subject of spirituality, contributing to numerous texts such as the ‘Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare’ (Cobb, Rumbold & Puchalski, 2012) and ‘Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare Practice (McSherry & Ross, 2010). For the last 30 years such has led numerous research studies on spiritual care in both nursing practice and nurse education, as well as leading training workshops and seminars for healthcare staff internationally. She contributed to the Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Spirituality in nursing Care: a pocket guide’ and ‘Spirituality in nursing care on-line resource’, and to the spiritual care guidance which accompanies the Welsh Government’s Health and Care Standards (2015). She is a founding member and Secretary for the British Society for the Study of Spirituality and an Executive Editor for the Society’s affiliated journal ‘Journal for the Study of Spirituality’. She is also a founding member of the European Spirituality in Nursing Research Network which is currently leading an Erasmus funded 3 year project to establish best practice in spiritual care nurse education across Europe.

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