Reverend Dr Derek J Fraser

Deputy Lead Chaplain

Derek was Lead Chaplain at Addenbrooke’s Hospital from 2001 to 2018. He then retired and returned part time to continue to practice in a senior role.

Derek trained for the Baptist ministry at Glasgow University and the Scottish Baptist College, completing a BD joint honours degree in 1977.  He was the Minister of Crown Terrace Baptist Church, Aberdeen from 1977-1983 and was Senior Minister of Croxley Green and Sarratt Baptist Churches in Hertfordshire, 1983-1994. During this time he successfully completed doctoral studies in the field of Old Testament studies at Glasgow University in 1988.

He was one of the Senior Chaplains at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust from 1994-2001.

He has co-written, The Chaplaincy Volunteers Training Resource, which is used as a resource nationally and produced, In search of Wholeness:  A Christian Theology of Healing and Practical Training for Church and Medical Settings, together with Russ Parker.

Alongside his chaplaincy involvement he has a particular interest in bereavement issues and developed practice with the creation of the unique Bereavement Care Follow up Service. He is alternate vice chair of the Cambridge Central Research Ethics Committee. Other responsibilities include:

  • He is an affiliated lecturer, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge.
  • He is a Senior Associate in the Cambridge Theological Federation and is actively involved in developing new patterns of pastoral care
  • He chaired the UK Board for Healthcare Chaplaincy from its inception to 2017  and continues as its academic lead officer
  • He is a professional adviser for chaplaincy posts and appointments.
  • He is a member of the editorial board of Practical Theology journal.
  • He is an independent assessor of the Human Tissue Authority.

Derek is married to Lynda and they have three children and five grandchildren. His other interests include gardening and walking.