The chaplaincy team depends on a team of volunteer ward chaplains to provide a daily front line presence on the wards.
They visit a given ward every week, introducing the chaplaincy service to the patients. They find out if the patient has any specific religious or spiritual need to refer on to the Trust chaplains and are approached directly by staff to visit patients who have requested support.
Ward chaplains from specific faith communities may also be asked to provide religious support (prayers and or other ritual) to patients from their own community.
Self care is taught through:
- our training program;
- attending regular support groups to share and reflect on experience;
- bi-annual quiet days;
- attending training opportunities throughout the year.
Support is also now given through a mentor relationship with a Trust chaplain.
Our volunteer ward chaplains are drawn from christian churches as well as from other faith communities. They are recommended by their faith leader, as having recognised pastoral skills for hospital ministry.
Following a successful interview, there is an initial period of training around the basic skills and knowledge for the role and shadowing of experienced volunteers, After this they are appointed to their own ward. A periodic Act of commitment in the Faith Centre dedicates new volunteers.
All volunteers must also undergo a DBS check, occupational health clearance, and Trust induction, before commencing work on the wards.
A full description of the ward chaplain role.
An Application form for those interested in this role.