How staff and patient experience shapes our perception of spiritual care in a psychiatric setting
Article first published online: 24 APR 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Effectiveness and implementation of patient safety Issue editor: Elisabeth Severinsson
Volume 22, Issue 7, pages 940–950, October 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 940–950. How staff and patient experience shapes our perception of spiritual care in a psychiatric setting(
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2014
- Article first published online: 24 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 2012
- Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
- College of Healthcare Chaplains
- Ecclesiastical Insurance Company
- Diocese of Sheffield
- Sheffield West Riding Charitable Society Trust
- patient experience;
To explore how our understanding of care practice is shaped by the extent of our engagement with staff and patient experience.
In spite of the fact that service users desire good spiritual care and that government guidelines recognize its importance, frontline staff in psychiatric settings often find current spiritual assessment tools hard to use and the concept of spirituality difficult to comprehend.
A database search was conducted, the grey literature analysed, spirituality assessment tools were explored, and an approach based on user experience was considered.
Each of these four perspectives resulted in different perceptions of care.
By engaging patient and staff experience, we begin to see spiritual care very differently. There may be rich opportunities for research into the lived experience of the support systems that service users create for each other on wards when they experience staff as inaccessible.
Implications for nursing management
Deeper engagement with patients and staff and their concerns is likely to result in breakthroughs in both the understanding and the practice of spiritual care as well as potentially other areas of nursing care.