Spiritual care

See also Difficult conversations.

Taking a spiritual history

  • do you consider yourself religious or spiritually minded?
  • where do you get inner strength from?

[Larry Culliford podcast]

[RCPsych leaflet]

All staff play a role in spiritual care.  Definition – “Allow people to explore their innermost feelings and ask the most difficult questions about suffering, illness and death”. Aim to help those in need find peace of mind.

Many levels – speaking with dignity and respect, training in bereavement, specialist spiritual care provided by department of spiritual care and wellbeing.  Spiritual care volunteers also available.

[NHSL spiritual care guidelines]

[Scottish government guidance CEL 2008.]

Staff care also important eg reflective practice, mindfulness, Schwartz rounds etc.