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Chaplaincy Volunteer

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Volunteer
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust (NCIC) is looking to appoint additional Chaplaincy Volunteers to contribute a couple of hours a week towards and support the Lead Chaplain's role in the hospitals within both the West and East Clusters of the Acute and Community hospitals in North Cumbria.

Within the hospital environment, candidates must be willing to engage with all patients, relatives, staff, and to work with all chaplaincy colleagues regardless of denomination, gender, faith or belief

It is expected that chaplaincy volunteers will be recognised within and be approved by either their own denomination, faith or belief group, be in good standing within their own faith/belief community and ideally, have demonstrated previous pastoral experience.

This is a voluntary role

Main duties of the job

What tasks can this role include?
  • Respectfully approaching patients and introducing yourself and your role
  • Listening to patient or carers' stories
  • Promoting the work of the Chaplaincy in general
  • Building up a rapport with patients, staff and visitors,
  • Praying with a patient if they request it or finding someone who could
  • Referring the patient to the Chaplain for further pastoral care if required
  • Some volunteers take Holy Communion to the bedside, if they are licenced to do so by their own denomination
  • Joining in Team discussions and training as required

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We're responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

An Enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.

DBS checks for volunteers are free of charge.

Person Specification



  • Experience of pastoral visiting
  • Active member of faith/pastoral group
  • Ability / experience of working within a team


  • Working in a busy environment
  • Organisational skills



  • Good listening skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Empathy

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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