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.