Spiritual care for people from BME groups
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
The report contains a set of spiritual
care recommendations for palliative care service providers, with a
Foreword authored by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
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