Bishop's Adviser on Healthcare
With my colleague, Peter Stansbie, I offer pastoral support to healthcare chaplains in the Diocese. I also work to improve the context in which they work by networking with key managers in the various NHS Trusts and hospices in the Diocese. For example, a Bishop’s Adviser will be on the interview panel for every healthcare chaplaincy appointment in the diocese and will often be actively involved in mentoring the newly appointed chaplains.
It is important to note that the Adviser’s role is often ecumenical and, for example, appointments to paid healthcare chaplaincy posts are of the ‘best candidate on the day’, regardless of denomination. This approach is reinforced by the fact that by agreement with the local leaders of the principal Christian denominations, the Bishop of Worcester speaks for all of the churches on matters concerning healthcare.
Finally, with my colleague, I advise the Bishop on developments in the healthcare community so that the church’s voice is heard in the places where decisions are made.
I was born in Salford and served my title and first incumbency there. I then spent twelve years in rural Warwickshire acclimatising my accent to the Midlands before becoming lead chaplain at St. Richard’s Hospice in 2006. I was appointed chaplain to Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge in August 2015.
I am married to Monika, who is also a priest, and have two adult children, Chris and Rebecca, as well as a stepson, Philipp.
I am currently engaged in some research aiming to provide techniques to improve care of the dying on busy wards.