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James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative individual to work with our professional chaplaincy team, and our chaplaincy volunteers, to act as an advocate for pastoral and spiritual care within the Trust. They will need to be self-motivated, self-aware and able to provide spiritual sensitivity and compassion for patients, families, visitors, staff and students within the hospital community.

Main duties of the job

To be a chaplain within James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundations trust you will need to be prepared to work with a wide variety of people which will include patients, their relatives and friends staff and students and visitors to the hospital.

Chaplains are expected to offer pastoral care regardless of cultural or faith tradition. They also offer spiritual care where appropriate and seek specialist spiritual care where it is not available within the chaplaincy team. Person centred care with integrity is an essential concept through which we can offer high quality spiritual care to everyone under the James Paget family.

Key links in the Paget pastoral chain will be working with, ward staff, the palliative care team, maternity bereavement support, bereavement services, the mortuary team, and the wellbeing team.

About us

The successful candidate will have experience of working alongside a range of faith and belief organisations (religious and non-religious), excellent interpersonal skills, ability to encourage others and the spiritual and emotional stamina required to carry out this demanding service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for a full and comprehensive overview for this position.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Qualified degree level in theological studies.
  • Eligible to be authorised by appropriate faith or belief group to practice as a healthcare chaplain (Ordination, licence, letter of authority etc.)
  • Pastoral/ministry accreditation
  • Evidence of knowledge of a range of religions and faiths


  • Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Healthcare Chaplaincy in Healthcare chaplaincy (or equivalent relevant qualification/equivalent relevant experience in healthcare chaplaincy)
  • Registered or Eligibility to enable registration with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplains (UKBHC)

Experience & Knowledge


  • Proven record of sustained pastoral experience
  • Significant experience of professionally supervised clinical practice as a healthcare chaplain that must include working with adult patients, end of life care, and on-call duties in an acute NHS hospital setting
  • Experience of providing spiritual and pastoral care to a diverse population
  • Experience of working with people of different faiths, those with a life limiting illness and the bereaved
  • Team working across different denominations, faiths, clinical disciplines and with hospital management.
  • Experience of working with those experiencing trauma

Skills & Abilities


  • Excellent knowledge of own faith or belief system in healthcare settings.
  • Working knowledge of faith and belief matters and their impact with regard to healthcare
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a multidisciplinary team and to prioritise workload.
  • Evidence of ability to make decisions within defined boundaries.
  • Can exercise tolerance and empathy
  • Ability and willingness to work flexibly.
  • Ability to support people in crisis and de-briefing people following traumatic and crisis situations.
  • Ability to cope with frequent exposure to traumatic circumstances and highly distressing and emotional situations.
  • Able to lead formal and informal public worship or facilitate for other religions e.g., Islam /Sikhism
  • IT and keyboard skills - Familiarity with Microsoft office and with cloud-based applications - Ability to learn new computer skills.


  • Evidence of ability to train and supervise chaplaincy volunteers

Employer details

Employer name

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


James Paget University Hospital

Lowestoft Road


NR31 6LA

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