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