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Ged McHale

Deputy lead chaplain

I am currently the deputy lead chaplain for Addenbrooke's hospital.
Ged McHale

My current role

I have been a member of the chaplaincy team at Addenbrooke's since 2010, being involved in every aspect of chaplaincy care, and in 2016 became the spiritual care lead at Kneesworth House hospital (a medium secure psychiatric hospital).

At the beginning of April this year I was appointed deputy lead chaplain and continue to be committed to the development of chaplaincy for all in this fast moving hospital environment.

Previous history

I studied linguistics and education at York University, followed by a year working alongside teens and young adults with mental health problems.

From 1984 I was a member of a contemplative religious community until 2006, when I left the community and moved to Cambridge.

I trained as a spiritual director with the Cambridgeshire courses in spiritual direction (CCSD) and have been practising the art of spiritual accompaniment since then, doing further training in supervision, godly play and values based reflective practice.

In 2013 I was awarded an MA in pastoral theology and for three years I worked in parish ministry as a parish pastoral assistant.

Personal interests

I have a wide range of interests, including cycling, roller skiing and language learning. Putting my feet up and doing nothing also features on my list of priorities!