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Chaplain/Pastoral Care Practitioner

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a Chaplain / Spiritual Care Practitioner to join our department for up to full-time or part-time roles of a minimum of 22.5 hours considered.

The post holder will provide and/or facilitate spiritual, pastoral and religious care to meet the needs of patients, staff, students and visitors of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH). Take responsibility for own caseload of patients and clients with wide-ranging and complex spiritual, pastoral and religious needs and contribute to an effective Chaplaincy department

The Chaplaincy Department is responsible for facilitating the spiritual, pastoral and religious care of patients, staff, students and visitors of STH and for providing specialist knowledge and expertise in matters relating to spiritual and religious beliefs, experiences and practices at all levels in the Trust.

Main duties of the job

Band 5 chaplain: As per the UKBHC professional standards a practitioner with limited autonomy, who works as part of a chaplaincy team and is supervised by a chaplain Band 6 or above. Also known as an entry/ trainee chaplain. Within this role there is the opportunity to develop into a band 6 position with clear objectives to obtain, linked to the institutional and UKBHC professional standards.

Band 6 chaplain: An autonomous, qualified practitioner whose role is to seek out and respond to the spiritual, pastoral, and religious needs of individuals, their carers and staff. As an experienced practitioner, they contribute to education and training within the hospital or unit.

The JD shows the duties and responsibilities from the professional standards for chaplaincy set out by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy distinguishing the band 5 and band 6 duties and how to demonstrate these responsibilities. Please see the job description and person specification for further information with regards to the required capabilities of the role.

Please also note this vacancy is banded dependent upon applicants experience relevant to this post. The banding of the successful applicant/s will start at Band 5 unless applicants meet the necessary threshold of skills and experience required to start on Band 6.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes a firm commitment to professional development of it's staff together with the provision of an excellent health and well-being support service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • Band 5: Degree in healthcare chaplaincy or equivalent
  • Band 6: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to healthcare Chaplaincy that includes systematic study in any of the following fields: theology, religious studies, pastoral care, psychology, counselling or psychotherapy.
  • Band 5 & band 6: Authorisation to provide pastoral care from a community of faith or non-religious belief


  • MA or Postgraduate degree in a chaplaincy-related discipline
  • Registration with the UK Board of Healthcare chaplaincy



  • Band 5: Can demonstrate a minimum of 168 supervised pastoral role in a recognised structured pastoral setting (e.g., for example MOD, MOJ education, street pastor or equivalent).
  • Band 6: Can demonstrate effective performance as a chaplain with a minimum of 1600 hours of supervised clinical practice, including 1100 hours focused on healthcare experience, encompassing: a.On-call duties b.Palliative and end of life care c.Capability of dealing with ethical issues related to chaplaincy practice. d.Experience of preparing and delivering training material on spiritual and pastoral care. The remaining 500 hours (totalling 1600 hours) can be accrued from another recognised chaplaincy field.
  • Band 5 & 6: Capability of working with and respecting religious, spiritual and pastoral diversity and differences


  • Active work (e.g., a project) with people from diverse faith and belief backgrounds
  • Work in a healthcare setting
  • Work with a healthcare chaplaincy department

Further Training


  • Band 5: Evidence of post-basic training or development specifically relevant to healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Band 6: a. Evidence of continuous professional development in subjects relevant to healthcare Chaplaincy, e.g. communication skills, mental health, ethics, teaching etc. b. Professional practice skills and competencies including: . Triage and the management of a complex caseload and on-call duties . Rituals that mark life events . Staff support individually and in groups . Hospital / hospice funerals . Memorial events c. Rites & ritual skills and competencies relevant to the post appropriate to one's faith or belief


  • Research Activity
  • Post-basic training in pastoral care or leadership
  • Specialist chaplaincy training by a recognised provider.

Special Skills/Aptitudes


  • Confident in working effectively with the diversity of service users across faith and belief categories
  • Effective IT skills
  • Supervision skills
  • Awareness of the contexts affecting service development


  • Has an area of expertise in spiritual care e.g., end of life care
  • Theoretical knowledge and understanding of ethical issues relating to health care

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Northern General Hospital


S5 7AU

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