Deputy Head of Chaplaincy

Employer
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Worthing
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
To be part of a diverse team at a time of major development and change in the Trust across the seven main sites offering varied challenges and opportunities. You will be part of developing and providing religious, spiritual and pastoral care in imaginative and creative ways for the Trust community. There will be opportunities to contribute to new spiritual care initiatives across the whole Trust.

To be Deputy Head of Chaplaincy and a generic chaplain for the Trust and to represent your own faith/ denomination/belief where necessary and undertake such duties as directed by the Head of Chaplaincy as needs demand. Possibly working across all sites but mainly at Worthing Hospital, St Richard's Hospital Chichester and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-By-Sea where the on-call cover will be based

You will:
  • be an authorised, licenced or ordained person, minister, priest or pastoral carer in good standing with your faith or belief organisation. Christian applicants will be a member of one of the churches affiliated and registered with Churches Together in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • have academic qualifications leading to ordination, licencing or authorisation in pastoral, belief, spiritual and or religious care andhave education in theology and philosophy.
  • be registered or accredited to a recognised UK national Chaplaincy organisation providing standards and guidance for professional Chaplains or be prepared to act within the competencies and code of conduct of the UKBHC.


Main duties of the job

  • Discern and respond to emotional and spiritual needs for patients, relatives, carers and staff.
  • Act as a spiritual, pastoral and ethical religious resource.
  • When on-call to have responsibility for responding appropriately to all calls relating to spiritual and religious care.
  • Supervise staff chaplains and volunteers and manage the day-to-day chaplaincy service.


About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops.

AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatient First.Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex.We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need itbecausewe know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To be able to negotiate and work within highly complex and sensitive situations and to provide strategic resource of advice on spiritual practice and care for both chaplaincy teams and wider trust leaders.
  • To supervise chaplains and volunteers to deliver effective and accessible staff support services in line with trust requirements including staff appraisals.
  • Assist when necessary and appropriate with emergency marriages, civil partnerships, baptisms and blessings.
  • To conduct services of public worship, thanksgiving or commemoration regularly in the hospitals, in accordance with own religious or belief tradition and ecumenically as required, and to administer faith community rites and practices to patients on the wards,
  • To advise or seek advice on all spiritual aspects of bereavement care. To conduct funerals and take part in or lead memorial services and other corporate or public events.
  • To maintain activity and audit sheets, rotas and assist in the production of information sheets and leaflets for the chaplaincy service.
  • Training staff and students.

Please see job description & person specs for full details

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Authorised, licenced or ordained person, minister, priest or pastoral carer in good standing with their faith or belief organisation. Christian applicants will be a member of one of the churches affiliated and registered with Churches Together in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Academic qualifications leading to ordination, licencing or authorisation in belief, spiritual and or religious care.
  • To have had extensive pastoral experience of caring for those requiring hospitalisation or with acute health needs.
  • To have extensive experience of visiting / working in a healthcare setting or have appropriately transferable skills and experience.
  • To be able to demonstrate appreciable empathy and support for people regardless of religion or belief.
  • To be able to demonstrate substantive knowledge of spiritual care and how this is applied in diverse belief, faith and cultural traditions. This will include knowledge of the Equality Act.
  • To be registered or accredited to a recognised UK national Chaplaincy organisation providing standards and guidance for professional Chaplains. Be prepared to act within the competencies and code of conduct of the UKBHC.
  • Education in theology and philosophy and training in spiritual, pastoral and religious care.
  • Skilled in leading teams and providing guidance and supervision and ability to build compassionate and pastoral relationships.
  • To demonstrate experience and ability in working as part of a team for the benefits of others.
  • To have had experience of ministering to the dying and their family and friends.
  • To be able to demonstrate knowledge of NHS guidance and directives on delivering belief, religious and spiritual care within the NHS.
  • Experience of supporting those experiencing pregnancy loss.
  • Commitment to the principles of quality and service improvement.


Desirable

  • Registered with UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy.
  • Counselling qualification.
  • Qualification or substantive training or experience in adult education or pastoral supervision.


Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)

Address

Worthing (but needs to be available for other sites)

Lyndhurst Rd

Worthing

BN11 2DH

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279-5807411-NOV23

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