An exploration of the UK carer world

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University of Worcester seminar 20 Feb 2014

Introduction  for seminar attendees  - a draft page.  Comment and contributions welcomed.  Contact.

Text to be revised for the general reader.

This page may form the basis of  a page introducing carers with no academic background to spirituality and palliative care. 

The reader will have read an intro to palliative care before embarking on this page.

It is envisaged that the reader will be given a choice - a page with the quotation sources and one without.

Some links remain to be explored before finalising the page. once the material has been assembled, it will be dealt with progressively with supporting text.  There is the possibility of links to other pages on this website.

Spirituality is universal, deeply personal and individual; 

it goes beyond formal notions of ritual or religious 

practice to encompass the unique capacity of each 

individual. It is at the core and essence of who we are, 

that spark which permeates the entire fabric of the 

person and demands that we are all worthy of dignity 

and respect. It transcends intellectual capability, 

elevating the status of all of humanity.

McSherry, W. Smith, J (2012 p 118) Spiritual Care In McSherry, W., McSherry, R., 

Watson, R. (Eds) (2012) Care in Nursing Principles values and skills 

Oxford University Press


The quotation can be read in context by clicking the pdf link and finding p 25. 

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Spiritual Care and the crisis of values here

Spiritual Care at the End of Life: a systematic review of the literature here

Dignity and spirituality: do they have a place in contemporary healthcare? here

One of the emphases of the End of Life Care Strategy (Department of Health, 2008 (link added here) was the need for intensified effort from both the public and professionals to talk openly about death and dying as a process we all go through.  source   Google     


Making Sense of Spirituality in Nursing and Health Care Practice: An Interactive Approach

Wilfred McSherry  Amazon  

The innovations in scientific and medical technology mean health care has become more complex and complicated. There has also been a tremendous change in patient expectation, with individuals being more aware of their rights, challenging decisions and treatments. It would appear that the art and science of 'medicalization' still dominate and guide practice while the spiritual dimension has been relegated from the premier league to the second division. Science is still the predominant force guiding practice and shaping the direction and future of health care. 

 p 24  source when logged into    can also be seen via Amazon - again - here.


Barriers Influencing the Provision of Spiritual Care

source   when logged into    can also be seen via Google books

The need for health care professionals to provide care that does not project their own personal beliefs onto patients or service users is evident. Within my own profession of nursing, two cases of Registered Nurses being brought before the Nursing and Midwifery Conduct Committee (formally the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing and Midwifery) for professional misconduct have been documented (Castledine 2005, p.745; Cobb 2001, p.74). These cases serve as a stark warning for all health care professionals about the need for self-awareness.

p 131 here

When reviewing the literature concerning health care professionals' ability to provide spiritual care, the professions are at risk of being dogmatic. Many articles published suggest that health care professionals should be providing spiritual care irrespective of patients' or service users' wishes. This tendency towards being over-prescriptive must be considered when examining the barriers that may prevent health care professionals from providing spiritual care, because such dogmatism maybe unjustified.

p 126  here


Fenton’s and Mitchell’s definition  (2002 p 21) 

“Dignity is a state of physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, with each individual valued for his or her uniqueness and his or her individuality celebrated. Dignity is promoted when individuals are enabled to do the best within their capabilities, exercise control, make choices and feel involved in the decision-making that underpins their care.” 

Fenton, E, Mitchell, T. (2002) Growing old with dignity: a concept analysis - Nursing Older People 14 (2) 16 - 21 


    The quotation can be read in context by clicking the pdf      link and finding p 16.   Dignity domains are on p 21.

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Another Fenton & Mitchell source is here

Another  McSherry source is here.


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