Non Clinical - Trainee Chaplain

  • Department Chaplaincy
  • Salary £25,655 - £31,534 per annum/pro rata
  • Closing Date 01/11/2021
  • Location The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade NHS AfC: Band 5 subject to Agenda for Change confirmation
  • Job ref 223-TNC-776
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Fixed term: 18 months
  • Hours Full time / Part time 37.5 hours per week (with potential on call)

Job overview

The banding for this position is subject to Agenda for Change confirmation

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and motivated Trainee Chaplain to work within The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust across the two hospital sites. We are looking for candidates who share our passion for providing excellence in compassionate care to patients, relatives, friends, carers, volunteers and members of staff.

We are seeking an individual who is able to work flexibly and creatively to deliver effective pastoral care within an acute Trust that is investing in its chaplaincy service. You'll have a proven record of experience as a leader within your recognised faith or belief group and demonstrable team working skills in a multi-faith environment. Previous experience of Healthcare Chaplaincy is desirable but not essential as training will be given to the successful candidate.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a Chaplaincy Team seeking to grow and reflect diversity to meet the needs of our patients, community and workforce. To support the provision of a more diverse, inclusive service within the Chaplaincy Team the Trust is seeking applications from non-Christian candidates for this position. Diversifying the Chaplaincy team will support the development of improved access to the Chaplaincy service for patients and staff of non-Christian belief and under-represented groups. Both full time and part time applications would be considered.

This position is cross site working.

Main duties of the job

We believe that providing excellent care is about having the best people, inspired and supported by the best leaders, with training and opportunities in place to support your development. You will be required to develop your skills within Healthcare Chaplaincy to support Trust wide developments, training in faith and belief awareness and have excellent communication skills.

The role is demanding and the successful candidates will need to be emotionally intelligent and able to work creatively within clear professional guidelines so as to be able to manage difficult situations whilst acting as a reflective practitioner. 

It is essential that you are open to the needs of all beliefs and none. You will need to be able to work with sensitivity and respect other Chaplaincy Team members, lay and volunteers.

Chaplaincy provides spiritual care practice which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self-worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or sacrament or simply for a sensitive listener. Spiritual care begins with encouraging human contact in compassionate relationship, and moves in whatever direction need requires.  (NHS Education for Scotland 2009)

Working for our organisation

Our hospitals are located in Shrewsbury and Telford and are full of exemplary teams of hardworking staff.

Shropshire is a beautiful county ideally located between the north and the South, making travelling around the UK extremely easy. As well as being only a short distance from major cities and busy transport links.

Both hospitals are based in Shropshire, a 20-minute drive apart.  The post holder will mainly be based at The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford but will also need to work cross site at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Faith / belief leader with spiritual, religious leadership experience (or equivalent work with their own community).
Evidence of First Degree (Level 6) or Equivalent Educational Qualification, in theology/religious studies, spiritual/pastoral care or other relevant discipline
Evidence of Endorsement - the candidate should be in good standing with and endorsed by their relevant faith / belief Community or Association.

Desirable criteria

Specific training courses/certification in relevant areas of practice: e.g. Counselling Skills, Advanced Communication Skills, and Bereavement Support.
On-going academic study relating to pastoral care.
Registration, or willing to be registered, with UKBHC and adhere to the UKBHC Code of Conduct.

Behaviours, Skills and Experience

Essential criteria

Evidence of pastoral ability able to build rapport and develop trust with both staff and patients
Good listening skills and ability to respond appropriately during in-depth one to one encounters.
Willing to actively participate in coaching to build upon existing knowledge and experience and develop as a faith / belief leader.
Evidence of multi faith working.
Demonstrate an open and inclusive approach to healthcare chaplaincy

Desirable criteria

Experience of working in one/more of the following: faith-based organisation, healthcare setting, hospital, charitable enterprise, hospice, educational setting

The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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