NHS staff and patients benefit from spiritual healing


Staff and service users at Fieldhead in Wakefield are benefitting from free, lunch time healing sessions provided by a group of healers from Wakefield Healing Centre. Fieldhead is run by South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust and provides mental health and learning disability services to local people.

The healers are all fully trained and members of the NFSH (National Federation of Spiritual Healing). The healing sessions are held in the chapel at Fieldhead and aim to help ease injuries, illnesses, stress, anxiety and personal problems. They also give people the opportunity to take time out from the stresses and strains of daily life. Soothing music is played while a healer rests their hands on the person being healed and balances the flow of energy through their body.

One of the healers, Marje Haughton said, ‘We are here for anybody who feels the need for peace and comfort. The healing process is non-denominational and provides an opportunity for people to connect with whatever higher being they believe in. We have witnessed surprising things arising from healing, but we do not claim to heal anybody; all we do is channel energy that helps people to heal themselves."

Fellow healer Ann Thompson said "People don’t have to have a particular spiritual or religious belief at all to receive healing. All we ask is that people are open-minded and accept that healing may do them some good."

Any member of NHS staff is able to access the sessions and it has been very popular with workers, keen to relieve the stresses of modern working lives. Holding the sessions at lunch times gives NHS office workers the opportunity to participate, as well as clinical and ancillary staff. A number of people who use Trust services and their carers have also benefited from the free sessions.

The Wakefield Healing Centre also provides free healing sessions to members of the public at the Quaker Meeting House in Wakefield every Thursday morning. For more information on healing and to find out about sessions near you contact Sheelagh O’Malley on 01924 250567.

NHS staff and patients benefit from spiritual healing

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