Chaplaincy

Our chaplains work alongside patients, staff and relatives within the whole hospital community and for a variety of reasons.

Our chaplains are normally on duty Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. At all other times, there is a Chaplain on-call.

Non-urgent advice: Services in our hospitals

Please note that currently all services have been suspended due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.  They will be resumed as soon as possible.

Rows of chairs looking towards the altar in our chapel
Inside our chapel

For patients and relatives

Coming into hospital is often an anxious time for both patients and their families. Chaplains are available and happy to meet and spend time with anyone who needs a ‘listening ear’ or to talk things through, wherever they are coming from.

If someone’s spirituality is expressed through a particular faith or set of rituals, they are also happy to provide the opportunity for individual prayer and communion for patients at their bedside or to arrange for representatives of other faith communities to visit as appropriate.

We provide pastoral support for patients and families:

  • Spiritual journeying and accompaniment
  • Specific religious acts (e.g. prayer, anointing etc)

Our chapel

Our hospital chapel is in the main concourse area. It is a multi-faith space open for anyone to use day or night, and is used regularly by patients, relatives/carers and staff as a place of quiet, prayer and reflection.

Staff support

We offer a unique service of pastoral care and support to all members of staff (any discipline) and their families.

  • We are based on the hospital site, so can respond promptly to requests from  members of staff.
  • We are always pleased to help - whether this is through an informal/ impromptu conversation in your place of work or through making a separate appointment.
  • All contact and conversations with staff members are held and treated as strictly confidential.
  • Counselling and befriending

We are happy to provide short-term counselling, and/or to provide names and contacts for further support if necessary, but the majority of our support work with staff is to do with debriefing, befriending, listening and creating an environment where it is safe for staff members to talk in complete confidence.

  • we are committed to making time for staff
  • we will make ourselves available - even if it is at short notice
  • we, too, are health-care professionals and understand many of the pressures and demands you might be facing
  • we are interested in you as a person and are willing to share any concerns or dilemmas you might have

We will not:

  • have any agenda other than to help and support you
  • take the high moral ground
  • be judgmental in any way
  • 'impose' Christian or other religious beliefs on anyone
  • be concerned whether you attend church/have a ‘religion’ or not

Group facilitation

We are regularly involved (weekly/monthly etc) in facilitating patient and/or staff support schemes (such as debrief meetings) within different teams, departments and disciplines. We aim to respond to you 'where you are at', through listening to what holds meaning and value for you – however that is expressed.

Schwartz Rounds

We are also involved in organising and facilitating the monthly Schwartz Rounds within the Trust: a multidisciplinary forum where staff can come together to share and discuss the experiences and challenges of their work at CUH. These have been running since December 2014 (2nd Thursday each month 1-2pm; in the Hospital Chapel) and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with staff saying they have a better sense of teamwork and less stress generally.

Speak with the team

Call: 01223 217 769

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chaplaincy@addenbrookes.nhs.uk