Two new ward chaplains have been commissioned at a service in the Faith Centre conducted by the Revd. Canon Jenny Tomlinson, chair of the Essex and East London healthcare chaplains group.
Peter Watchorn and Anne Dunn will join the chaplaincy team after six months of training, studying and shadowing the current ward chaplains.
“It’s wonderful that the local community is represented in the hospital by ward chaplains who meet and listen,” said Revd. Tomlinson. “They make those vital connections and give people a bit of space to reflect on what’s happening to them. And it gives them someone outside their normal circle to talk to. It’s a really important role.”
Peter said he felt God’s guidance when considering what to do next with his career. “I’ve been in ministry for many years, I asked the Lord, ‘What’s next?’ and he opened a door, and here I am.”
Asked what qualities she hoped to bring to the role, Anne said: “I hope I can listen, and I’m non-judgemental. It’s not exactly like having a conversation with a friend – you’re listening to somebody else, it’s about the patient and the staff. For me it’s been a slow journey. I was doing victim support before and this seemed a natural progression when I moved to Chelmsford.”