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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/01/2021.

Head of Chaplaincy

Job Reference: 190-1151-DIR

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Healthcare Chaplaincy
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield
£53,168 - £62,001 pa/ pro rata for part time staff

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and most successful providers of hospital and community-based healthcare. We improve people’s health and wellbeing through using the highest levels of knowledge and skill, and we touch lives at times of basic human need when our care and compassion are what matter most to people. The Chaplaincy Department makes an important contribution to these aims aim by providing spiritual care and chaplaincy support which is attentive to the needs of patients, those who are important to them, and our staff.

The Head of Chaplaincy is responsible for leading the department, developing the chaplaincy team, and ensuring its services meet the highest standards. The Head of Chaplaincy also represents the chaplaincy profession within the Trust and the wider health and professional communities, and provides expert advice to the Trust on matters of religion, spirituality and pastoral care. The post holder will also continue to practice clinically as a senior chaplain and contribute to the on-call rota.

To be considered for this post you will be a highly experienced and skilled senior healthcare chaplain, with an acute services background, and a strong track record of effective teamworking and leadership. You will have a Master’s level degree with demonstrable outcomes of learning relevant to healthcare chaplaincy and validated training in spiritual care or equivalent pastoral practice to the level of bachelor’s degree with honours that is consistent with the sponsoring faith community or belief group. You will also have Full Registration, or be eligible for Full Registration, with the UKBHC and hold the endorsement to practice as a chaplain by a recognised faith community or belief group.

Working in the busy acute hospitals of STH means operating in a high performing multi-professional context with patient care at its heart. You will be supported by experts in HR, finance, governance, audit and research, be provided with admin support, and have access to learning and development opportunities. Sheffield is a major city set against the backdrop of the Peak District National Park with two major universities and a rich industrial heritage that continues today in its skilled and creative people, and innovation-led businesses. The successful applicant may be eligible for relocation expenses subject to the conditions set out in the Trust’s policy.

The successful applicant will be required to contribute to the Chaplaincy duty and out of hours on-call rotas.

For further details / informal visits contact:


Professor Mark Cobb (Clinical Director of Therapeutics and Palliative Care)


Tel: 07825 978454



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