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Date: 26 May 2020

Time: 07:40

The Chaplaincy team at UHB

Contact Chaplaincy

We operate an on-call system whereby there is always someone who can be called, day or night, weekday or weekend.

If the matter is urgent, please call 0121 371 2000 and ask to be put through to an available chaplain.

If the matter is non-urgent, please call: 0121 371 4574 or 0121 371 4570 and leave a message.

You can also email us on:

Email: Chaplaincy@uhb.nhs.uk

Meet the team

Reverend Richard Wharton, Anglican Chaplain

Revd. Canon Richard Wharton (Team Leader)

Richard has been a full time Anglican Chaplain at the Trust since 2008. Before he joined UHB, Richard worked as an Anglican Parish Priest for ten years in three parishes in the Birmingham area.

Richard trained as a musician and teacher, he also spent time in Uganda where he was involved in the local Church.

Telephone: 0121 371 4570
Email: Richard.Wharton@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Rakesh Bhatt, Hindu Chaplain

Rakesh Bhatt, Hindu Chaplain

Rakesh was born in India where he completed a degree in Sanskrit and English at Gujarat University. He moved to the UK in 1993, becoming a Hindu Pandit (Priest) in a West Bromwich Temple.

In 1999, Rakesh joined Sandwell General Hospital as Hindu Chaplain and moved to University Hospitals Birmingham in 2004.

Rakesh is also a member and elected faith representative of the College of Health Care Chaplains.

Telephone: 0121 371 4574
Email: Rakesh.Bhatt@uhb.nhs.uk

 

Maureen Foxall, Methodist Chaplain

Maureen is a lay member of the chaplaincy team. She is a local preacher in the Methodist church and a graduate of Queens Foundation. Prior to joining the Queen Elizabeth team she taught students with learning disabilities and volunteered in mental health chaplaincy with BSMHFT.

Maureen is associated with both the Iona and Corrymeela communities and has a passion for liberation theology. She also loves singing and will often use music as part of her pastoral care.

Telephone: 0121 371 4573
Email: Maureen.Foxall@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Reverend Jackie Gayle, Free Church Chaplain

Reverend Jackie Gayle, Free Church Chaplain

Jackie has served on faith leadership teams for over 20 years and is an ordained minister in the Pentecostal tradition. She has worked as a learning mentor offering specialist pastoral support and teaching within Local Authorities in the Midlands.

She has worked within the Trust since June 2014, and prior to that supported the Trust as a volunteer since September 2012.

Jackie has a passion for supporting those in need and offering compassionate care to all.

Telephone: 0121 371 4569
Email: Jackie.Gayle@uhb.nhs.uk

 
David Harrison, Anglican Chaplain

David Harrison, Anglican Chaplain

David is a part time chaplain at QEHB and lay minister in the Anglican Church.

David’s ecumenical career has involved being raised a Congregationalist, confirmed in the Church of England, marriage in the Church of Scotland and is godfather to members of the Methodist and Catholic religions.

Prior to joining UHB, David worked in forensic science and also spent time with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as an inspector. David is head of wellbeing services for staff at the University of Birmingham.

Telephone: 0121 371 4574
Email: David.Harrison@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Rabbi Jacobs, Honorary Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Jacobs, Honorary Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs is the Chief Minister of the Birmingham Hebrew Congregation and also the Director of Religious Education at the Birmingham King David School.

He graduated Rabbinical college in 2003 with Rabbinical ordination and also has a Masters in Hebrew Letters.

He is the honorary Jewish Chaplain to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham since 2014 and also at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

A member of the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group, Rabbi Jacobs is active within interfaith dialogue within the city.

 
Mawlana Akm Kamruzzaman, Muslim Chaplain

Mawlana Akm Kamruzzaman, Muslim Chaplain

Kamruzzaman was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh where he graduated in Islamic Studies and Business Management.  He came to the UK in 1989 and settled in Birmingham in 1990.  He continued further studies at local colleges and universities in the field of community development and health and social care. While studying part time, he also worked in various community development posts and joined QEHB as the Muslim Chaplain/Imam in 2000.

In 2005, Kamruzzaman founded the Bangladesh Learning Support Project (BLSP) to support teachers, students and educational institutes, mostly in rural areas in Bangladesh. Currently, as a Muslim Chaplain, he covers four NHS trusts in Birmingham.

Telephone: 0121 371 4574
Email: Akm.Kamruzzaman@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Sonia Nath, Administration Assistant

Sonia Nath, Administration Assistant

Sonia was born into a traditional Sikh family in India and moved to the UK at the age of 11.

Sonia's mother was a Hindu before her marriage; and thus Sonia was afforded the privilege of learning and understanding two different religions. From a very early age, Sonia became interested in learning about different religions and beliefs, and went on to study Theology and graduate from Newman College.

As part of her personal spiritual journey, Sonia realised that following the path of Hinduism made her feel more nurtured.

Sonia has worked at QEHB since 2003, joining the Chaplaincy team in 2007. In addition to providing administrative and secretarial support to the team, Sonia has also undertaken the role of chaplaincy volunteer and assists the team in providing pastoral support.

Sonia has a diverse range of skills and experiences, and enjoys various arts and crafts, especially sewing.

Telephone: 0121 371 4574
Email: Sonia.Nath@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Dharmachari Mahasiddhi, Honorary Buddhist Chaplain

Dharmachari Mahasiddhi, Buddhist Chaplain

Mahasiddhi started volunteering at the Chaplaincy in November 2012. He was ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2010.

Outside of his work at QEHB he is very active in both Birmingham and Paris Buddhist Centres leading retreats and teaching meditation and Buddhism in both countries.

 
Deacon Peter Middleton, Roman Catholic Chaplain

Deacon Peter Middleton, Roman Catholic Chaplain

Pete Middleton was ordained as a Roman Catholic Permanent Deacon in 2012, prior to that he worked in various roles in local government services for children. Prior to his appointment he was a volunteer chaplain at QEH.

Pete has been involved in Ecumenism in Birmingham for many years as well as with various voluntary sector projects. He is also a Roman Catholic Chaplain for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.

 
Father Charles Miller, Roman Catholic Chaplain

Father Charles Miller, Roman Catholic Chaplain

Fr Charles has been the Roman Catholic Chaplain here since September 2013 and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He also serves as the Catholic Chaplain at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and assists in local parishes.

Telephone: 0121 371 4568
Email: Charles.Miller@uhb.nhs.uk

 

Uzma Rafique, Honorary Muslim Chaplain

Uzma joined the QEHB as a Chaplaincy volunteer 5 years ago after careers in law and then teaching.

She subsequently joined the Birmingham Women's Hospital also as a Chaplaincy Volunteer and recently became a Chaplain at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust where she covers 3 Hospitals providing spiritual and pastoral care to Muslim patients.

Currently, Uzma combines her various chaplaincy roles with work as an Islamic Counsellor and Psychotherapist and a Magistrate. She finds her experiences with people both interesting and rewarding and feels that even with the smallest of encounters the impact can be huge both for patient as well as the chaplain.

 
Rehanah Sadiq, Muslim Chaplain

Rehanah Sadiq, Muslim Chaplain

Rehanah was born in Pakistan and moved to the UK when she was two years old.

Prior to joining the Trust as a Muslim Chaplain in 2000, Rehanah provided counselling for women, families and youths in the Muslim community.

Rehanah regularly speaks on Islamic topics both in the community and for educational institutes. She is also involved in multi-faith chaplaincy training and teaching/assessment of Muslim Chaplains.

Also, Rehanah is involved in various research projects and boards whilst providing cultural awareness training through the Reflection Network.

Telephone: 0121 371 4574
Email: Rehanah.Sadiq@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Joga Singh, Sikh Chaplain

Joga Singh, Sikh Chaplain

Joga Singh is a baptised Sikh, born in India in 1956 and moved to England in 1971.

Joga has been part of the chaplaincy team since 2010 and is well known for his extensive work in the community.

His various community roles include general secretary/president of a Sikh Gurudwara’s for 20 years, member of the independent advisory committee for Sandwell Police and a member of the board of Jathedars (National Sikh Organisation) in the Sikh Council UK.

Telephone: 0121 371 4573
Email: Joga.Singh@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Parkash Sohal, Honorary Sikh Chaplain

Parkash Sohal, Honorary Sikh Chaplain

Parkash is an honorary Sikh Chaplain who came to the UK in 1968 from Kenya. She began chaplaincy work in 2000 after volunteering to help members of the Sikh community in hospital.

Parkash covers seven hospitals and two hospices within the West Midlands area and works closely with the Nishkam Sewak Centre for community development and counselling.

Parkash has also participated in group discussions on Sangat TV.

 
John Roberts, Buddhist Chaplain

John Roberts, Buddhist Chaplain

John has been a Buddhist practitioner for many years, having first become interested in the faith in 1981. John has now been actively practising for over 15 years, and follows the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Zen Master.

John became a volunteer Chaplain at the Trust in 2015, and teaches mindfulness to patients and staff - believing that teaching is the most important contribution he can make.

 
John Woodhead, Roman Catholic Chaplain

Deacon John Woodhead, Roman Catholic Chaplain

John was ordained Permanent Deacon in 2009 and is based at Our Lady or Perpetual Succour Catholic Church in Rednal. John has been a volunteer at the Trust for ten years, and has been an honourary Chaplain for two years - a position which he enjoys very much.

Outside of the hospital, John spends time visiting the sick and housebound in their homes and in nursing/residential care.

John is married with two children.

 
Munir Hussain, Honorary Muslim Chaplain

Munir Hussain, Honorary Muslim Chaplain

Munir Hussain was born in Mirpur, Pakistan. He came to the UK in 1968 and settled in Birmingham went to a secondary school until 1972 and then had a career in Engineering until 2009.

He continued further studies in bookkeeping first then went on to do a Diploma in AAT level 3 at South Birmingham College in 2014. Also did level 3 in Chaplaincy at the Nishkam Centre Birmingham.

While studying part time, he also worked in a Community Education Centre as a Administrator/Treasurer and joined QEHB as a Volunteer Muslim Chaplain in 2016. He is at present a Honorary Muslim Chaplain.

Munir thrives on helping the venerable and has a passion for supporting those in need and offering compassionate palliative/religious care to all.

Telephone: 0121 371 4574
Email: Munir.Hussain@uhb.nhs.uk

 
Vipulakirti Dharmachari, Honorary Buddhist Chaplain

Vipulakirti Dharmachari, Honorary Buddhist Chaplain

Vipulakirti is married to his wife Margaret and has two daughters Kate and Lucy; all three are teachers. He spent his working life as an Optometrist, up until his retirement in October 2018.

He continued further studies in bookkeeping first then went on to do a Diploma in AAT level 3 at South Birmingham College in 2014. Also did level 3 in Chaplaincy at the Nishkam Centre Birmingham.

He became interested in Buddhism and meditation in 1987 and became an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1994.

As well as teaching meditation in a Buddhist context, Vipulakirti is interested in the value of mindfulness - meditation to everyone. He was drawn to work as a Honorary Buddhist Chaplain at the QEHB when he saw the valuable work being done by his friends Mahasiddhi and John Roberts in bringing Mindfulness to patients and staff at the hospital.

He very much enjoys working here with the dedicated and friendly team of Chaplains and Volunteers.

 
Pete Bispham, Honorary Humanist Chaplain

Pete Bispham, Honorary Humanist Chaplain

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