Lead Chaplain and Chaplain for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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Band 6 and Band 5

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust are recruiting to both the Lead Chaplain and Chaplain roles and are looking for committed and passionate individuals who have proven pastoral experience, good communication skills, and can work in a sensitive environment.

The Lead Chaplain will be keen to lead the service and team through effective communication and collaborative partnership working.

The Chaplain will support the Lead Chaplain in the delivery of spiritual, pastoral and religious care to patients, relatives and staff with the chaplaincy team.

Both are ably supported by an extensive team of Chaplaincy Volunteers.

The main responsibilities are:

To be the Lead Chaplain or Chaplain in the Chaplaincy Service, which provides an out of hours (evenings and weekends) on call service for the pastoral, spiritual, ethical and religious needs of patients, staff and visitors and, where applicable, students within the Trust. Under authority of the Patient Experience Lead, to lead the Chaplaincy Team, comprising of Chaplains, Chaplains’ Assistants, Chaplaincy Volunteers and Students.

To be a generic Chaplain for the Trust to

  • Discern emotional and spiritual needs
  • Arrange appropriate response with available resources
  • Provide pastoral, religious, and spiritual support for patients, relatives and staff
  • To be a spiritual, pastoral and ethical religious resource


  • To have degree level Ordination training or faith community equivalent
  • To be authorised by the relevant faith community

Skills and Knowledge

  • To have highly developed specialist knowledge of spiritual care issues
  • To have specialist knowledge of own faith tradition and working knowledge of several others
  • To have some pastoral, spiritual and religious experience in complex and emotionally distressing situations
  • An appreciation of meeting spiritual needs in the hospital environment
  • To have proven experience of counselling and pastoral techniques and an understanding of spiritual direction
  • To have good IT skills


  • To have been recognised by that faith community as a religious leader for a minimum of four years (post ordination or equivalent)
  • To have experience in leading a team.
  • To have experience of working in Health Care environment

For more information about this application process, please use this link

For further information and how to apply, please contact Linda Field, Senior Lead Nurse Dementia and End of Life Care, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust on