The United Kingdom’s nursing/midwifery regulator, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), expects registrants to be competent in assessing and delivering spiritual care at the point of registration (Future Nurse Standards (NMC, 2018)). However, there is contradiction between these standards and the NMC Code (2018), where there is no reference to the word ‘spiritual’.
Since 2009, several high-profile cases have ensued where nurses have addressed the NMC professional conduct committee due to inappropriate personal, religious, and spiritual care. These cases further illustrate the need for strengthening understanding, education, and practice in addressing spirituality in healthcare. Since 2008, Professor Wilfred McSherry and Dr Adam Boughey have undertaken research in this area at Staffordshire University in collaboration with Professor Linda Ross at the University of South Wales.