Patients, families, staff and volunteers will be asked to give their views as part of a qualitative study with an ethnographic approach to ascertain the values and beliefs in relation to the definition of spiritual care and what it means for the patient experience. The study will be evaluated against the following outcomes:
Design and implement a research project using a qualitative methodology
Present the descriptions of spiritual care from the perspective of staff and volunteers and patients/families in the form of an organisational statement and strategy
Identify patterns and subsequent themes which emerge from the staff and volunteer perspective
Identify and share relevant findings to support the introduction of the spiritual care champion role
Identify and share relevant findings to support the introduction of feedback from patients and their families about their experience
Design an introduction to spiritual care for the induction of all staff and volunteers
Implement a spiritual care assessment tool for staff
Share this research with the wider community through connecting with the multi faith network surrounding a UK Hospice and thus increase (community) engagement via this network
Share learning within the hospice movement.
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