The Oxford Centre for Spirituality and Wellbeing (OCSW) focuses on the development and dissemination of an integrated and holistic model of care. Its purpose is to generate practice-based evidence of the benefits of an integrated approach to care through research. The evidence will underpin the development of training for staff, to equip and support them to provide spiritual care as a necessary dimension of person-centred holistic care.
The vision for the Centre is grounded in the understanding that in order for people to flourish and to recover well, care needs to be person-centred and holistic; people need to experience that it is not only the symptoms of their illness that are being addressed, but that they are being cared for with compassion and respect as a person and that includes their spiritual and religious needs.
Research among both mental and community health care patients has:
produced significant evidence that spirituality in the form of psycho-spiritual care can be a source of support, inspiration, hope and recovery.
provided evidence which suggests that, whilst there is a developing interest in the UK and elsewhere to incorporate spiritual understandings within health care practice, in reality there is a significant gap between theory and practice.