spirituality and medicine:
curriculum development project


Spirituality in psychiatry


The Royal College of Psychiatrists views spirituality as an important area to cover in a mental health assessment, and recognises that spiritual beliefs, practices and communities may be helpful in promoting good mental health. Their Special Interest Group publishes a range of materials exploring the interface between spirituality, religion and mental illness.

Psychiatry is one of the medical specialities with the most whole-person approach, as all areas of a persons life are explored to help aid diagnosis and guide treatment. Since mental illness may often be expressed using religious ideas and terminology, it is vital that students feel confident in asking about these beliefs and in exploring how spiritual ideas may be used positively to aid a patient's recovery.



The Spirituality and Medicine Curriculum Development Project is funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.