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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/02/2021.

Lead Chaplain

Job Reference: 432-HR0312

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy
Colchester Hopsital
Starting salary from £38,890 per annum

We are one of the largest organisation in the Eastern region. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

We want the best staff. You want to make a difference.

We are looking for an innovative, experienced, highly motivated person to work as a full time Lead Chaplain, predominately based at the Colchester Hospital site, but available to work across other Trust sites when necessary.

You will work closely with the Head of Chaplaincy to ensure the provision of high quality pastoral, spiritual and religious care to ESNEFT patients, visitors, volunteers and staff of all faiths and beliefs, including those who do not think of themselves as religious.
You will have a high degree of self-awareness and a real aptitude for sensitively coming alongside all those who use and provide our Trust services. You will be a reflective chaplaincy practitioner who constantly strives to improve your own practice and that of the chaplaincy team.

You will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team of Trust chaplains, chaplaincy volunteers and honorary faith and belief group chaplains. You will be able to encourage and develop those under your leadership. You will deputise for the Head of Chaplaincy in their absence.

You will relate well to the wider Trust and community, building and maintaining excellent working relationships with Trust colleagues, multi-disciplinary healthcare teams and community partners.

You will share in maintaining a 24/7 on-call service and weekend working.

Evidence of recognised or accredited status within your faith community or belief group is essential.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Linda Peall
Job title: Head of Chaplaincy
Email address:
Telephone number: 07923 241334

This vacancy is open to all applicants, although priority will be given to exisiting NHS At Risk employees working in Essex and Suffolk who meet the essential criteria (excluding all medical recruitment).

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Tier 2 Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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