Chaplains are members of hospital staff trained to provide a high standard of spiritual, religious and pastoral care. There are Christian chaplains (Church of England, Free Church and Roman Catholic), Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Humanist chaplains. They are employed specifically to provide support for staff as well as patients and work closely with clinical teams on the wards.
Although the Chaplains currently come from specific religious traditions, the presence and support that they offer is not limited to people who are religious. They understand that there are times when we all need a compassionate, listening ear, and they are frequently called upon to be alongside staff during their work at hospital.
Chaplains can offer:
- a supportive, listening ear
- one to one, or group de-briefs after a difficult shift or after a particular encounter
- mindfulness sessions
- spiritual health and well-being resources
- prayer, blessings, sacramental care and support with memorials
The Chaplaincy team is very conscious of how much both cultural identities, values and assumptions, and religious identity, tradition and practice impacts upon ways in which people:
- adapt to new circumstances,
- consequently grow or change in self-awareness
- find hope and sustain themselves and others amidst traumatic experiences and changing circumstances
- wrestle with disillusionment and find resources and practices within different faith/belief traditions to address disillusionment
- navigate bereavement and loss
- understand recovery, "restoration" and re-integration