The work we do has to be documented, and there is considerable demand for guidance on how to record spiritual care.
Spiritual Care assessment is of constant interest, and contributions sharing what we have used or developed would be a great help.
Having made our assessment, how do we act in response to what we find, and how do we record that as part of the multi-disciplinary team’s care planning? There is ample scope for development in this area. And how effective are we in what we do? We would be interested not only in sample evaluation sheets, but indications of the feedback received and how the evaluations were conducted. We are now seeing considerable progress being made with the PROM (Performance Related Outcome Measures) project.
Spiritual Care promotion
Rowcroft Hospice has published some excellent spiritual care publicity, which you might find a useful resource for developing your own publicity, or explaining your role.
There are three leaflets:
Spiritual Care: A guide for patients and their families
Offering Spiritual Care: A guide for staff and volunteers.pdf’
What if I am unable to visit someone at the hospice?
and a YouTube video:
Why does Spiritual Care matter at Rowcroft Hospice?
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (2018) Publicity for recruiting other staff to champion the chaplaincy role.
Spiritual Care Assessment
Geoff Walters & Simon Fisher (2010) ‘The development and audit of a hospice spiritual care policy’
Equality and Human Rights
The Equality and Human Rights Commission offers a lot of helpful advice on dealing with religion in the workplace, including religious discrimination, cultural needs and recruitment, and the legislation involved, which can be very valuable to chaplains, other staff, and managers. The Commission’s Religion Section has a wide-ranging and useful selection of articles.
Leading a chaplaincy team
Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust (2013) ‘Handbook of Best Practice and Conduct for Volunteer Chaplains’.