@NHS from 24/12/18 to 28/12/18
Twitter Handle: .@secraney
Patient/Carer or NHS Staff: Staff
Condition or job title: Chaplain
Place of treatment/care or workplace:
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Hello, my name is Sarah Crane and I am a hospital Chaplain at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. MKUH is an acute hospital serving a population of over 300,000 employing 4,000 staff. I am a Baptist Minister by training, and am a trustee of our local Baptist association. Previous to being a Chaplain I was Minister of a church in Essex.
As chaplain my role is to offer pastoral, spiritual and religious care to patients, visitors and staff – anyone who uses the hospital site. We are passionate ambassadors for personalised care, seeing the person and not simply the ‘patient.’ I love meeting all the different people and hearing their stories. In order to do this we aim to wander every ward each week, as well as following up specific referrals within 24 hours. For some people in hospital there is a religious element to chaplaincy care, but for many others it is much broader and is more about sharing their story, human contact and support, and a person who is interested in them and doesn’t need to know anything medical about them.
I am also passionate about supporting our brilliant staff team. I believe that our staff are our greatest asset. It is my privilege to co-lead our Staff Listening Service which we launched in 2016, since which we have seen and supported over 1600 members of staff and currently have 51 volunteers.
In my spare time I love to cook and particularly enjoy baking. (I’m currently fundraising for the hospital charity.) I’m married to Mark, who works in local government and we live in a village near Northampton. I love reading, catching up with family and walking through muddy fields.