The centre is part of the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research, which is led by Oxford Brookes and includes Oxford Health as a partner.

Its purpose is to generate practise-based evidence of the benefits of an integrated approach to care through research which will underpin the development of training for staff so that they are equipped and supported in the provision of spiritual care.

The centre runs seminar series, provides pastoral supervision, public lectures, training for professionals, faith and health forums, as well as retreats and workshops, all based on evidence about how an integrated approach to care can provide patient benefits. The ultimate aim is to make sure that the care provided to people recognises and respects them as a person, including their spiritual and religious needs.

Dr Guy Harrison, who leads the centre is and also the Head of Spiritual and Pastoral Care at Oxford Health, said: “From its base within Oxford Health and Oxford Brookes University, this is a unique opportunity to support staff training, development and research into psycho-spiritual care within health and social care contexts.”

Find out more about the Oxford Centre for Spirituality and Wellbeing.