This book will be of tremendous use to all healthcare professionals from physicians to nurses to social workers, rehabilitation therapists, and chaplains. The pathway taken here is a sensible and reasonable one, emphasizing a patient-centred approach that underscores the importance of spiritually competent care.  The Editors do an excellent job of describing how to integrate spirituality into patient care for all of the different healthcare professionals. They also emphasize the importance of an evidence-based approach that is guided by research. This book provides superb guidelines that will be enormously helpful to every healthcare professional.

Harold G Koenig, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina


This practical guide tackles the important issues of spirituality in health care, emphasising the role of organisations in developing a culture of leadership and management that facilitates spiritual care. Spirituality is a central part of holistic care that addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of care in an integrated way.

The chapters are written by experts in their fields, pitched at the practitioner level rather than addressing ‘spirituality’ as a purely theoretical concept. Each one describes the realities of spiritually competent practice and show how it can be taught and put into practice in a variety of areas and settings, including

         Undergraduate and Postgraduate education

         Acute healthcare settings

         Mental health

         Primary care

         End of Life Care

         Creative organisations

         Social services

Ideal for practitioners, educators, trainees and managers in nursing and healthcare, the book is also relevant reading for occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers and psychologists.

chapter 1|18 pages

What Does Spirituality Mean for Patients, Practitioners and Health Care Organisations?

ByJohn Wattis, Stephen Curran, Melanie Rogers

chapter 2|16 pages

Spirituality in Western Multicultural Societies

ByMarilynne N Kirshbaum, Alison Rodriguez

chapter 3|18 pages

Spiritually Competent Practice in Health Care: What Is It and What Does It Look Like?

ByJanice Jones, Joanna Smith, Wilfred McSherry

chapter 4|18 pages

How Two Practitioners Conceptualise Spiritually Competent Practice

ByMelanie Rogers, Laura Béres

chapter 5|16 pages

How Can Spirituality Be Integrated in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Education?

ByMichael Snowden, Gulnar Ali

chapter 6|12 pages

Supporting the Practitioner

ByMartin Seager, Mike Bush

chapter 7|16 pages

Spirituality in Acute Health Care Settings

ByJanice Jones, Joanna Smith, Wilfred McSherry

chapter 8|14 pages

Spirituality and Mental Health

ByJohn Wattis

chapter 9|16 pages

Spirituality in the Primary Care Setting

ByPenny Keith, Melanie Rogers

chapter 10|16 pages

Spiritual Teamwork within End of Life Care

ByJonathan Sharp, Seamus Nash

chapter 11|14 pages

Creative Organisations: Spirituality and Creativity in a Health Setting

ByPhil Walters, Steven Michael, Mike Gartland

chapter 13|12 pages

A Vision for the Future

ByJohn Wattis, Stephen Curran, Melanie Rogers