The spiritual needs of inpatient mental health service users: theoretical and practical applications
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The spiritual needs of inpatient mental health service users: theoretical and practical applications

Catherine Hughes Staff nurse, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, England
Robert Leigh Staff nurse, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, England

This article introduces the concept of spirituality in mental healthcare and its relevance to practice. It uses a short case study as an example from practice using Borton’s (1970) framework. After this, an analysis of recent literature discusses gaps in spiritual care provision from the perspectives of service users and nurses. The author offers recommendations to improve spiritual care at different levels of mental healthcare, with examples of successful implementation from different NHS trusts.

Mental Health Practice. 20, 8, 21-25. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1166

Correspondence

hughes.cat@hotmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 29 March 2016

Accepted: 21 July 2016

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