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Healthcare Chaplaincy

Healthcare chaplains are found in every healthcare organisation. Large hospitals will typically have more than one chaplain, usually representing two or three different Christian denominations. Community Hospitals and Hospices will typically have one paid chaplain with hours varying from a half time to a full time post. Paid chaplains in each organisation are supported by trained, volunteer chaplains who are drawn from a wide variety of Christian denominations and, increasingly, other faith traditions. Chaplaincy teams tend to operate ecumenically in Christian terms and in a multi-faith way too. Even the smallest chaplaincy team will have developed useful contacts across the Christian denominations and other faiths, to help ensure that patients receive care which honours their own faith journey.

Modern healthcare chaplains lead on ‘spiritual care’ in their organisations. Spiritual care is concerned with care of the whole person and, is interested in exploring and supporting the ‘meaning and purpose’ each person finds in their life. Often, ‘meaning and purpose’ is found through a religious tradition but, it is an important principle in modern healthcare, that all people have spiritual care needs whether or not they are religious. A chaplain’s ‘rules of engagement’ are potentially quite different from those of colleagues in parish or other community ministry.

Chaplains are, therefore, best seen as specialist ministers with additional training who provide spiritual care to people of all faiths and none. We promise to listen carefully, to keep confidences and, to make the patient’s starting point our starting point. As a result of this we enjoy privileged access to patients. However, this can also mean that we are not able to share some information with patients’ own ministers, which can occasionally be a source of frustration to all parties.

We always appreciate receiving referrals from colleagues to visit parishioners/ church members during a hospital/ hospice stay (including for the provision of denominationally appropriate worship). We are equally happy to assist our community based colleagues as they take the lead in continuing care for their parishioners during the hospital/ hospice stay. Contact details for chaplaincy across the diocese are provided below.

Finally, if you would like to ask any questions/ offer suggestions about healthcare chaplaincy in the diocese please contact David Knight, at Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge, on 01384 443010 or david.knight@marystevenshospice.co.uk

Healthcare chaplains within the Worcester diocesan area:

Bishop's Advisers on Healthcare

The Revd David Knight, 01384 443010

Mr Peter Stansbie, 07803 132975

Black Country Partnership NHS Trust

The Revd Emma Louis (Anglican) - lead, 0845 146 1800

Dudley Group of Hospitals - including Russells Hospital NHS Trust

The Revd Mark Stobert (Methodist) - lead

Mrs Janice Fairbrother (Baptist)

01384 456111 ex 2352

Evesham Community Hospital

Mr Andy Green (Anglican), 01386 502418

Kemp Hospice, Kidderminster

The Revd Gordon Brand (Baptist), 01562 861217

Malvern Community Hospital

The Revd Jenny Kimble (Pentecostal), 01684 612600

Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge

The Revd David Knight (Anglican) and Bishop’s Adviser on Healthcare, 01384 443010

Pershore Community Hospital

Mr Andy Green (Anglican), 01386 502071

Primrose Hospice, Bromsgrove

The Revd Keith Judson (Baptist), 01527 871051

Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Bromsgrove

The Revd Leonard Burn, 01386 881160

St Richard's Hospice, Worcester

’The Revd Clare Griffiths (Anglican), 01905 763963

Mrs Pip Challenger (Anglican)

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Wocester (Worcester Royal), Kidderminster and Redditch (Alexandra Hospital)

Revd Dr David Southall (Baptist) - lead, 01905 760124

Revd Guy Hewlett (Anglican), 01905 760124 (Worcester) / 01562 823424 (Kidderminster)

Revd David Ryan (Anglican), 01527 505723

Worcestershire Mental Health Chaplaincy

The Revd Leonard Burn (Anglican), 01386 881160