Spiritual & Pastoral Care Team Leader

West London NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inclusive of all allowances
Closing date
16 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7, Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team Leader (High Secure Services), based at Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, Berkshire

An exciting opportunity is available for an experienced and suitably qualified person to join us in the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team at West London NHS Trust. We are looking for a Spiritual and Pastoral Care Team Leader, with both forensic mental healthcare and management experience, to join a multi-faith and ecumenical team. Based at Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, Berkshire, the post holder will provide specialist spiritual, religious and pastoral care in a High Secure environment, working with patients, carers and staff. You will also contribute to the strategic and managerial aspects of the Trust's Spiritual and Pastoral Care Service.

At West London NHS Trust, we are committed to 'Promoting hope and wellbeing together' . Join us!

Main duties of the job

Educated to degree level, you will have a theological training leading to accreditation as a leader within a recognised faith community and you will have significant experience of spiritual and pastoral care. Previous practice as a mental healthcare chaplain is a requirement for this post and a willingness to work respectfully with people of all faiths and none is essential. You should also be a 'champion' of equality, diversity and inclusion issues, working easily with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds including LGBTQIA+ persons. You will have a proven track record in being able to lead and manage a team.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Broadmoor Hospital:
  • Be accountable for the direct delivery of spiritual and pastoral care within Broadmoor Hospital. Provide a high quality approach to spiritual, pastoral, cultural and religious aspects of health care in the context of multi-faith society, irrespective of denomination, faith or philosophy of life.
  • Ensure and communicate the provision of opportunities for personal and communal worship, religious expression, rituals and sacraments appropriate to the faith and practice of all Broadmoor patients. Provide an initial assessment of each newly admitted patients spiritual needs. Develop innovative practice to meet the spiritual needs of patients, staff and carers.
  • Provide day to day management and supervision of all part-time staff, volunteers and honorary chaplains who are based at Broadmoor in such a way that will make best use of personal abilities and expertise. Undertake monthly professional supervision and annual individual performance reviews in line with Trust protocols.
  • Ensure that recruitment to the department covers CRB checks, honorary contracts as appropriate and compliance with required mandatory training. Arrange secondary induction programmes for new Broadmoor chaplains, honorary chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers and ensure that they are given on-going support, supervision and appropriate professional training.
  • Take reasonable care for the health and safety of all Broadmoor chaplains and ensure that statutory and departmental safety standards are adhered to.
  • Be responsible for the effective and efficient day to day running of the department, including the Broadmoor Chaplaincy Department budget, maintaining appropriate records and producing an annual report. Be the authorised signatory for stationary, non-stock requisitions (both up to �500), travel expenses and annual leave for the Broadmoor team.

  • Person Specification



    • Degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject area (eg, theology, religious studies, philosophy or ethics)
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development
    • Able to be Ordained/licensed by relevant faith community


    • Other professional education.



    • Significant experience of managing and leading a diverse team of chaplains
    • In depth/substantial proven pastoral experience especially within in the NHS
    • Experience of working within a team
    • Significant experience or working within Mental Health/Learning Disability contexts
    • Experience of working within a forensic setting
    • Experience of managing change
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary working



    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal and management skills
    • IT/computer literate and proficient in the use of the full range of Microsoft packages

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    Employer details

    Employer name

    West London NHS Trust


    Broadmoor Hospital


    RG45 7EG

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