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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 09/08/2021.

Lead for Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Job Reference: 348-CORP-559A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Director of Nursing
£45,753 to £51,668 pa, based on full time hours

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

As an organisation we aspire to provide high quality, safe services which improve the health, well-being and independence of our service users. There are many opportunities that come with being such a large provider, not least of these is to ensure we continue to strive to provide the best evidenced based care possible while ensuring that the health and well-being of our workforce is supported during times of change and increased demand throughout the NHS. Our chaplaincy service has a key role in achieving these aims. Our chaplaincy team, is made up of both community healthcare and mental healthcare chaplains, is small, in numbers and hours of work, and spread across a large geographical area. The Lead Chaplain will have the strategic vision and drive to build and develop a chaplaincy service attaining high standards and positive health outcomes for all.

The post holder will need to review the current chaplaincy provision across the organisation developing a service that enables a visible chaplaincy/pastoral care provision across all teams and services. The post holder will work in conjunction with the local diocese and faith communities to expand the opportunities available to pastoral care volunteers.

This exciting post requires a compassionate and resourceful Lead chaplain with significant pastoral experience We are looking for someone who feels a calling to continue the development of a high standard of pastoral, spiritual and religious care for patients, staff and families across the a large Trust.

The post is open to ordained ministers and pastoral carers of the Church of England or Roman Catholic Church or those in good standing with member churches of the Free Churches group or the equivalent of that person’s faith or belief group who are well qualified through experience and training to do this work.

The post is 0.8 hours with flexibility in working hours.

We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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