The Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SRIG) is an umbrella interdisciplinary group developed in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in April 2013. The group aims to provide a platform to develop a greater awareness of the need to provide spiritual care in healthcare. Its purpose is to act as a forum to develop a deeper understanding of the concept of spiritual care and to provide a space to promote, debate and discuss the roles of spirituality in healthcare.
The Terms of Reference of SIG are:
- To raise awareness about spiritual care provision in the healthcare context.
- To develop, conduct and disseminate research in the area of spirituality and spiritual care related to health and wellbeing.
- To host discussions about the subject in order to understand the work and ideas of others in the field, and contribute further to this debate.
Since 2013, SRIG has hosted 18 meetings, facilitated five visiting professors, 32 presentations, 15 public lectures and presented five SRIG Annual International Spirituality in Healthcare Conferences in the Republic of Ireland with a sixth International Conference due in 2021. The group holds three face-to-face meetings within the academic year. There are 42 members of the group and SRIG membership is maintained by attending a minimum of one meeting per year. Initially membership comprised mostly of staff from the TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery (82%) however 55% of memberships now emanate from external sources. Membership is interdisciplinary are from a range of disciplines. Each meeting has hosted 1-2 presentations by members on topics related to spirituality and/or spiritual care, followed by a structured meeting. SRIG meetings are closed meetings and membership is upon request. The group is currently at maximum capacity and ways to structure the group for the future, given its expanding capacity and informal support structure, are under consideration. The group is situated in the End of Life and Palliative Care in Malignancy and Non-Malignancy research theme within the TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery which is currently under review.
SRIG members have joined the Centre for Spirituality Studies University of Hull UK and also obtained membership of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality, SpIRE (Spirituality Institute for Research and Education), and the EPICC Network Enhancing Nurses' and Midwives’ Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care. Members of the group have been involved in two European Committee of Science and Technology (COST) funding applications (2012 & 2014). These related to the establishment of a European Spirituality Nursing and Midwifery Research Network led by Prof Wilf Mc Sherry to aid the scientific exploration and advancement of spirituality and spiritual care.
SRIG members are also represented in Ireland on the HSE Healthcare Chaplaincy Professional Advisory Council (Chaplaincy Council)  and have undertaken a project entitled “An Exploration of Current Spiritual Care Resources in Health Care in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)” . Some SRIG members have leadership roles in the European Centre for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality which is hosted at the University of Zurich and in the International Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality which is linked to the American Academy of Religion.