Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Isle of Wight Hospitals NHS Trust is excited to announce a permanent part-time job opening for Band 5 Chaplains. We are seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our Chaplaincy Team in providing proactive spiritual, pastoral, and religious care to patients, their relatives and staff. This is an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a sensitive environment.

You will be joining a friendly and supportive team that work together to support patients and staff who maybe dealing with difficult and challenging circumstance in their hospital journey. We value an active and visible presence of our chaplaincy team on our wards, ensuring that all patients and staff members have the opportunity to request and receive chaplaincy support.This position requires candidates to be on-call, as we offer a 24-hour service. Additional payment will be provided for on-call duties performed outside of contractual hours.To qualify, you must be an ordained Anglican priest or a minister of a Free Church affiliated with Churches together in England, with at least two years of post-ordination experience.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The purpose of the post of Trust Chaplain with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is to provide along with the team, spiritual care and based upon the holistic definition of health as defined by the World Health Organisation in 1948 and emphasised in NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015 to 'provide skilled and compassionate pastoral, spiritual or religious support for patients, carers and staff facing situations which are at times harrowing and stressful.

The Hospital Chaplain is responsible for, along with the multi denomination team provision of the Chaplaincy Services. There will be appropriate concern and provision for all denomination as well as those of other faiths, or of no faith. The post holder, and will belong to the local clergy chapter or equivalent if Free Church or Roman Catholic. They will be able to obtain endorsement from the Bishop of Portsmouth or their own Christian denomination, represented as a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

1. Communication and Relationships

Communication is a key aspect of this role which is rooted in:

1.1 Listening - Principally to patients, their relatives and members of staff and being involved in training and supporting chaplaincy volunteers with in the necessary skills to undertake this task.

1.2 Teaching - Members of staff about the role of chaplaincy, especially highlighting the importance of spiritual care.

1.3 Public speaking - at Chapel and church Services and telling the wider community about the Chaplaincy Service.

1.4 Attendance at meetings withing the hospital i.e team meetings, reflective practice, Palliative care MDT when required.

1.5 To record contacts, in line with chaplaincy department requirements.

2. Analysis and Judgement

2.1 To asses and prioritise the spiritual needs of patients and staff, and contributing to the overall strategy for the Chaplaincy Service.

2.2 To show knowledge of a range of religion and faiths to possess degree plus post ordination experience.

2.3 To show comparison of a range of facts before advising staff, patients or carers on spiritual issues.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Ordained
  • University Degree
  • Able to be licensed to the post by denominational/faith leader
  • May have some previous experience in health care chaplaincy
  • Must be able to work in an ecumenical & multi-faith milieu

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


Isle of Wight NHS Trust, St. Mary's Hospital

Parkhurst Road

Newport, Isle of Wight

PO30 5TG

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