Breakout session details

Active Listening in Chaplaincy Evaluation (ALICE)
Michelle Briggs

In this session will present the findings of the first part of a two part study to explore the feasibility of implementing an active listening intervention for hospital patients delivered by Acorn* trained chaplaincy volunteers. Seven focus groups were carried out with healthcare researchers and lecturers, nurses, patients, active listening tutors, active listening practitioners and chaplaincy volunteers (n=47). Following a DVD demonstration of a patient/listener intervention, the focus groups explored the acceptability and clinical utility of the intervention. Data analysis followed the framework approach. Results: Four main themes emerged from the data: (a) listening as a well-being generator, (b) spirituality, and public perceptions of hospital chaplaincy (c) benefits of active listening being delivered by volunteers, (d) challenges of using a structured communication technique in inpatient and outpatient settings. We will recreate the demonstration of the AL patient/listener interaction and discuss the findings.
*Acorn Christian Healing Foundation


Happiness course:emotional wellbeing
Andrew Parnham

The Happiness Course has been running for some five years in contexts that range from schools and children's centres to charities to the NHS. It engages with the felt needs of people in any and all situations. It is a 4-session course, and using recent wellbeing research, takes people on a journey from "what makes you happy?" to "who am I and why am I here?" Today’s taster session will introduce both background and programme of the course.

Destiny in our genes.
Dr Mervyn Suffield
This seminar looks at Biblical spirituality and the emerging understanding of Brain Science. It will be conducted Socratically.
What do we understand about the Spirit, Luther separated the soul and spirit, does that fit with neuroscience?
Is our theology enhanced or challenged by brain science?
Does the science/genetics of how we are made make us more caring or moral?
Are we all pre-programmed anyway?
Why not come and find out

Living Life to the Full
Dr Chris Williams

Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) aims to help people learn key life skills that can make a big difference to how they feel. Based on the proven cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach- and also with the option of integrating in faith based aspects (Bible verses and promises and discussion about how faith can help when the person struggles). LLTTF can be run in churches or the wider community to offer something that is attractive and useful to local people.
Classes cover topics like Why do I feel so bad?, Why does everything always go wrong?, I can’t be bothered doing anything, 10 things you can do to feel happier straight away and more. The classes are increasingly being offered in churches (a low cost charity licence is required), or can be worked through for free online – where it is accessible through the Mind and Soul website. Discover how LLTTF can be delivered in single churches, or as part of a wider programme (for example in Northampton Churches together).

Educating healthcare professionals in spirituality
Dr June Jones

This workshop will examine tools which can be used to explore a patient's understanding of their spirituality. This might create an important opportunity for providing whole person care at different stages of the patient experience. Spiritual history taking tools provide a useful framework for structuring a discussion with a patient, providing key questions which can open important dialogue about how a patient would prefer their care to be managed. This workshop is suitable for health care providers and other interested parties seeking to understand how discussions about spiritual beliefs can impact on health care.

Can the Church save the NHS?
Revd. Dr Alison Gray and John Cox.

The NHS is struggling, in many places morale is at an all time low. We will facilitate a discussion to consider how we got here and what resources the church can offer to the NHS from encouraging healthy life styles and illness prevention, through supporting those working in the NHS, to an informed critique of the government policies which are destabilizing the health economy.
The workshop is particularly for those who are working at any level in the NHS, or who have now left, but will be of interest to all. We need your ideas for the way forward.