@NHS from 25/12/17 to 29/12/17
Job title: Head of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services
Place care or work: Leicester’s Hospitals, local Community Hospitals and Mental Health services
I am passionate about diversity in Chaplaincy. I believe that NHS Chaplaincy must be person centred and give patients and service users the opportunity to request support from someone of their own religion or belief. The team in Leicester includes paid Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Sikh Chaplain as well as the first paid non-religious NHS chaplaincy team member. The wider team of volunteers also includes Baha’i, Buddhist, Jain and Jewish representatives.
I have worked as an NHS chaplain in Leicester’s hospitals since 1994 and I have led the multi-faith team of chaplains since 2000. Since April 2017, the team has also been providing chaplaincy services to the community hospitals and mental health units of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. I see Chaplaincy as an integral part of NHS care to patients and families who are facing life changing conditions or circumstances. On top of that Chaplains are also available alongside other resources to support staff with a confidential “listening ear”. It is a great privilege to work alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues in caring for those in need. I also manage the Leicester Hospitals’ Bereavement Services team, who help care for practical arrangements following a death in hospital, meeting with families and giving them their loved one’s death certificate.
I recently completed two terms as President of the College of Health Care Chaplains (CHCC), I am a member of the Committee of the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy (ENHCC) and I serve on the Baptist Union interfaith working group. I am also an Honorary Visiting Chaplaincy Fellow at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education (MIHE).
My hobbies include music (I am a self-taught pianist and bassist) and cycling – including with my wife on our treasured tandem! I have two grown up children and two lovely grandchildren!