The role of the chaplain
The role of the hospital chaplain has changed and developed over the years.
A plaque in the Chapel commemorates an earlier Chaplain, Revd John Webster Marsden
Today’s hospital chaplains continue to fulfil a religious and sacramental role but their remit is now far wider than anything Revd.
Role of chaplains today
Chaplains are here to help NHS Trusts fulfil their obligations to ensure that the privacy, dignity and religious and cultura
Chaplains are there to provide help and support to a diversity of people. Such support may focus on the emotional or spiritual adjustment to illness or on an individuals search for meaning and purpose during a difficult time. Chaplains are regularly involved in offering support during crisis situations as well as on-going care and encouragement during recovery.
Ministry to patients is the Chaplain’s prime responsibility but care and support for relatives and friends is another important part of the role. Caring for and visiting a loved one in hospital, especially during times of suffering and uncertainty, is costly and through providing a space for the needs of carers to be heard and addressed Chaplains try to make a difference. The hospital staff are another major area of pastoral responsibility for the chaplain.
Today the following are just part of a role that continues to broaden to address the spiritual and emotional needs of the 21st century
Religious and sacramental care
Pastoral Care & Counselling
Co-ordinating religious & spiritual care for all faith communities within the hospital
Provision of resources on ethical issues
Training opportunities on areas of religious and spiritual care and ethical issues.