About OCSW

The Oxford Centre for Spirituality and Wellbeing (OCSW) is part of the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR), a partnership led by Oxford Brookes University, whose purpose is to lead and participate in world-class research and evidence-based practice.

Our research aims to underpin the development of training for staff so that they are  supported to provide spiritual care as a necessary dimension of person-centred holistic care. In 2019 we surveyed health care staff regarding their spiritual care training needs. The responses are being analysed for peer-review and publication.


OCSW and the Department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care within Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust work collaboratively to implement an annual programme of training and personal development events. In two years OCSW has organised 11 workshops for healthcare and pastoral staff, run a conference for 100 participants, hosted two annual lectures by clinicians working in spiritual care, presented four seminars for healthcare staff, and hosted four retreats for staff at OHFT.

Dr Guy Harrison


Guy has worked in specialist palliative care, acute care and mental health care chaplaincy for 23 years and was appointed Head of Spiritual & Pastoral Care at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2012. Guy has worked in specialist palliative care, acute care and mental health care chaplaincy for 23 years and is a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. In his doctoral studies (DPsych 2016) Guy aimed to develop and integrate his experience and knowledge of the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of wellbeing that are crucial to human flourishing.  His edited book Psycho-spiritual Care in Health Care Practice was published by Jessica Kingsley Publications in May 2017. Guy became Director of OCSW in 2016.  

Rhonda Riachi

Development Officer

Rhonda served on the Reference Group for OCSW for two years and became Development Officer in 2018. She has 25 years’ experience in developing services in education and health, and completed a Masters in Managing Professional Education from Oxford Brookes University (2014), with a dissertation on Person-centred communication in dementia care. Rhonda has worked with Health Education England Thames Valley (HEETV) on care and support planning and end of life care, and developed training for Advance Care Planning in dementia care with the University of Northampton. She manages the Thames Valley Well-being Network for HEE and coordinates the Care Homes InReach Network for Oxford AHSN.

Kate Binnie

Research Associate

Kate Binnie is a music therapist, mindful yoga teacher and researcher.  Her recent work with http://www.lifeofbreath.org  investigated the potential for breath-body-mind integration techniques to help people living with chronic breathlessness. Kate presents bi-annual training workshops at OxCERPC , Sobell House Hospice, Oxford  and works clinically and in the community with people living with chronic and life-limiting conditions.  Kate is a guest lecturer in psycho-spiritual care at King’s College London (MSc palliative care) and at the Worcester Centre for Palliative Care.

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