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Trinity 6th International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference 

The Spiritual Imperative in Healthcare: Securing Foundations

Thursday 17 June 2021

This virtual event includes three live keynote presentations and a panel discussion.

In addition, delegates will have on-demand access to posters and pre-recorded presentations.


On behalf of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, the conference organising committee take great pleasure in welcoming and inviting participants from across the world to attend the 6th International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference.

The conference provides innovative interprofessional opportunities to explore and advance the art and science of spirituality as an emergent field of study, to meet our exciting keynote speakers, oral presenters, panellists and experts. The conference is designed to stimulate discourse that address contemporary spirituality issues within healthcare and healthcare education.

This interdisciplinary event provides a collaborative forum for academics, clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and service-users to join in a scholarly dialogue of spirituality, to present research, education and evidence based practice, with the common aim of supporting holistic understanding of spirituality and re-imaging the patient care experience.


Trinity Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SRIG)

Conference Programme

 9.40  Zoom plenary room open for all 

Opening address
Professor Fiona Timmins: UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems


Spiritual care in the health service: still relevant and realistic?
Professor Linda Ross: University of South Wales
Professor Wilfred McSherry Professor in Nursing, Staffordshire University, University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust, VID University College, Norway

This session will include a live Q&A




Contemplating the spirituality of scholarship
Professor David Coghlan: Fellow Emeritus, Trinity Business School

 12.30 Break

Holistic communication: examining a foundation of spiritual care
Professor Elizabeth Johnson Taylor: Loma Linda University School of Nursing

14:00 Break
14:30 Panel

Closing Remarks
Professor Kathleen Neenan: TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery