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Chaplain to support the Muslim community

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year depending on experience
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen to support our patients, visitors and staff within Manchester University NHS Trust.

We have conducted an Equality Impact Assessment and assessed the needs of our patients and there is a requirement to continue to provide for the religious needs primarily of our Muslim patients together with generic support. Please note: We are recruiting for two Muslim chaplaincy roles: a Jumuah Imam (5 hours) and a more general Muslim Chaplain (7.5hrs).

Main duties of the job

The post holders will work within the Trust wide Chaplaincy Service and take responsibility for the delivery and provision of highly skilled, compassionate pastoral, spiritual or religious support for patients, carers and staff across the organisation for their own specific faith. The post holder will be authorised and accredited to practice as a world religion or belief leader and provide effective chaplaincy which demonstrates the values and behaviours identified within the Trusts framework and act as a role model for all staff within the managed Hospital sites. The post holder will support the Chaplaincy Manager to provide an efficient and effective spiritual care service across the Trust, enhancing the experience of both patients and staff in the delivery of spiritual and religious care. The post holder will work autonomously within their own religion/faith group within the Chaplaincy role and have freedom top act and decide when it is necessary to refer to the Chaplaincy Manager.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Recognized leader in good standing within the Muslim faith community.
  • Accredited training/qualification (Undergraduate degree level in theology, pastoral care or other relevant discipline - or working towards or equivalent experience)
  • Accreditation/licensing by an appropriate authority to practice as a Muslim chaplain/pastoral care worker.
  • Imam skills to be able to lead Jumuah (for the Jumuah role)


  • Post graduate training in Chaplaincy or equivalent A certificate in counselling or other relevant specialist training
  • A certificate in counselling or other relevant specialist training

Knowledge and experience


  • Excellent theological knowledge within Islam and a good understanding of the spiritual/religious needs of people from diverse faiths.
  • Demonstrable experience providing pastoral, spiritual, and religious care within and beyond the Muslim faith community.


  • Experience in health care chaplaincy
  • Familiarity with NHS Chaplaincy guidelines and practices.



  • Ability to travel between hospital sites
  • To be able to work in any Trust hospital as required
  • To participate in the out of hours on-call rota
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, with confidence and accuracy


  • Cultural sensitivity: Demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent communication, pastoral and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to listen and provide pastoral support in difficult situations/ experiences
  • Ability to work effectively with others


  • Ability in consultation with the Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Manager to assess and prioritize own work
  • Evidence of advanced IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


MFT Hospitals


M13 9WL

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