Care and Compassion in Healthcare: Does Spirituality Have a Role?

Please note that this conference has now been cancelled.

Care and Compassion in HealthcareLast year’s Francis Report shows just how lost patients are amidst demands for financial control, corporate governance, commissioning and regulatory systems. How did this happen and what can be done?

Sarum College in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is the venue for a conference that aims to move beyond a moan about “what is” to “what might be” and examines healthcare issues as part of a wider societal context. Participants can expect to assess their existing practice and to extend their thinking beyond guidelines and routine compliance, to engage with patients more effectively.

Organised by The Journal of Hospital Medicine and MA Healthcare Ltd, the conference begins on April 27 by asking the question: Is the healthcare crisis part of a bigger spiritual crisis?

This discussion will be led by the Reverend Professor Stephen Wright, Honorary Fellow, University of Cumbria, Editorial Advisor & Journalist, Nursing Standard, Spirituality Director, Sacred Space Foundation and Dr Larry Day, Principal Clinical Teaching Fellow, Faculty Medicine, University of Southampton.

On Monday April 28, there will be a debate on spirituality and healthcare with experts representing variety of perspectives. The panel will include Dame Sarah Mullally, former NHS Chief Nursing Officer and Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral; Richard Rawlins, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon and member of the Secular Medical Forum; and, Professor Alex Gardner, Psychologist and advisor to the Rainbow Valley Cancer Care Charity.

Afternoon workshops on aspects of care and compassion, including deep listening and changing attitudes, will follow. The conference ends at 4.15.

Click to download the leaflet and booking form or visit the MA Healthcare Events website for further details.

Book Launch with Katy Hounsell-Robert

frontcover_38Katy Hounsell-Robert was in Sarum College Bookshop on Thursday 10th April to launch her charming new children’s book, Ben’s Bees.

A first for Sarum College Bookshop; launching a children’s book! A group of over 20, including 7 children, were treated to Katy Hounsell-Roberts and a selection of volunteers, reading passages from the book. We were also joined by a Queen Bee made specially for Katy by Mary Turner, maker of the Thunderbird puppets.

The story is about a boy called Ben with a remarkable talent – he can turn into a bee! He goes to stay with his grandfather near Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight. The monks of the Abbey and his grandfather both keep bees, and that’s when Ben discovers the amazing world of the hive – from the inside!

To order a copy of ‘Ben’s Bees’ at £6.99, either contact the bookshop on 01722 326899, or email us at or shop online at



Bookshop Bestsellers February 2014

Lent is now upon us and looking at February’s bestsellers the Lent course books have been extremely popular. Many are based on films, including ‘The Way’, ‘Chocolat’, and ‘Les Miserables’. Not all though, as Barabara Mosse’s ‘Welcoming the Way of the Cross’ examines creating space at part of a Lenten discipline. Whether it be space for God, others or ourselves.

1. The Long Road to Heaven: A Lent Course by Tim Heaton, John Hunt Publishing £7.99

2. Christ and the Chocolaterie by Hilary Brand, Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. £5.99

3. Welcoming the Way of the Cross by Barbara Mosse, BRF Publishing £7.99

4. Pilgrim: Turning to Christ: Follow (1) by Stephen Cottrell et al, Church House Publishing £5.99

5. The Lion Storyteller Bible by Bob Hartman, Lion Hudson £15.99

6. Another Story Must Begin: A Lent Course by Jonathan Meyer,  Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. £5.99

7. Looking Through the Cross: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2014 by Graham Tomlin, Bloomsbury Publishing £9.99

8. Pilgrim: Leader’s Guide: Follow Stage by Stephen Cottrell et al, Church House Publishing £8.99

9. At the End of the Day by David Winter,  BRF Publishing £6.99

10. Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, Catholic Truth Society £4.95

Book of the Month: March 2014

Barbara Mosse coverWelcoming the Way of the Cross by Barbara Mosse (2014)

Reading this book is like spending time with your spiritual director in one of those gentle but ultimately challenging conversations which really makes you think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Mosse starts by making you think about what it really means to give something up for Lent (the difference between loving renunciation and smug one-up-manship) and continues through the journey we embark on so earnestly, but which so often we fail to complete: the journey through Lent and Holy Week.

Each stage of the journey has a theme:  God’s love for us; the desert places; oases of welcome; confronting our shadows; being open to the world; being open to the cross. Each day has a passage from scripture, a reflection , a shorter passage for personal prayer and, until Holy Week itself, a question for further reflection. Within that simple structure we roam, as all good conversation does, across all sorts of subjects – discussing writers as diverse as John Cassian and Delia Smith; finding fresh insights in familiar passages; creating space to ask questions of our God and ourselves.  The questions are also grouped together at the end of the book for those who wish to use the book for group study.

One reason why we can so often fail to complete our Lenten journey is because, although we want the spiritual transformation we know will come, we are afraid of the process. This book really will help us on the way and, although it is advertised as a Lent Book, this is not something to have for the season and then forget: this is a book for life. Something to come back to, not just for its insights into scripture  which, as Mosse writes, relentlessly but mercifully hold a mirror up to our human nature, but for her own ability to do the same.

Reviewed by Norma Fergusson, Asst Curate, Benefice of Rowde & Bromham

Special price of £7 in the shop (posted out for free) or £6 + postage online from between 1st March – 31st March 2014. RRP £7.99.