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Spiritual care for people from BME groups

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Background

At the official opening of the Cicely Saunders Institute on 5 May 2010, a report entitled Spiritual care recommendations for Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups receiving palliative care in the UK was launched by the Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation and Cicely Saunders International.
 
The report contains a set of spiritual care recommendations for palliative care service providers, with a Foreword authored by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
 
In focussing on the spiritual and cultural dimensions of palliative care the recommendations aim to fill a crucial gap in current policy guidance. They combine three subjects identified by the NICE Guidance Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults with Cancer (2004) as research priorities in palliative care – spiritual support, making services more sensitive to cultural differences, and improving care for underserved groups – hence adding to and building on Department of Health work in these key areas.
 
The Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation and Cicely Saunders International would like to thank the Sir Halley Stewart Trust for their support of this project.
 
For further information on the recommendations, please contact Lucy Selman.

 

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