About us

The newly established Oxford Centre for Spirituality and Wellbeing (OCSW) focuses on the development and dissemination of a more integrated and holistic model of care.  OCSW generates practice-based evidence of the benefits of an integrated approach to care. Its research aims to underpin the development of training for staff so that they are equipped and supported in the provision of spiritual care. OCSW and the Department of Spiritual and Pastoral Care within Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust work collaboratively to implement an annual programme of events.

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.

Dr Guy Harrison

Director of OCSW; Head of Spiritual & Pastoral Care, Consultant in Staff Support, OHFT

Guy has worked in specialist palliative care, acute care and mental health care chaplaincy for over 20 years and was appointed to his current post at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2012.  As Head of Spiritual and Pastoral Care he provides professional and management leadership working collaboratively with senior staff and department leads. This includes direct clinical work with patients and small group work. As a trained BACP accredited (registered) counsellor and psychotherapist his work with staff includes one to one support, facilitating staff support groups, reflective practice, mediation and clinical supervision. He also co-ordinates the OHFT staff psychological de-briefing service.

Guy has wide experience of education and training including leading, organising and speaking at workshops and conferences. In pursuing doctorate studies (DPsych 2016), Guy’s aim has been to develop and integrate his experience and knowledge of the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of wellbeing that are crucial to human flourishing.  He has edited the book Psycho-spiritual Care in Health Care Practice which was published by Jessica Kingsley Publications in May 2017 and became Director of the Oxford Centre for Spirituality and Wellbeing (OCSW) in 2016.  

Rhonda Riachi

Project Development Officer

Rhonda has over 20 years’ experience in developing new services in education and health. She completed a Masters in Managing Professional Education from Oxford Brookes University in 2014. Rhonda’s dissertation explored Person-centred communication in dementia care, for which she interviewed care workers in the UK who were using the SPECAL method.


Rhonda is committed to bringing person-centred care to all areas of health. For the past five years she has worked with Health Education England Thames Valley (HEETV) on care and support planning for long term conditions and improving education for end of life care. She recently completed a project to develop training for Advance Care Planning in dementia care with the University of Northampton, funded by HEETV.


Rhonda has a deep interest in spirituality and healing, as well as consciousness studies, Christian meditation, and end-of-life experiences. She was a pastoral care volunteer at Sobell House Hospice and at Helen and Douglas House. Rhonda is the Oxford Brookes Chaplaincy local contact for the Quakers.

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