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Chaplaincy Service Manager

Job Reference: 349-COR-206-19

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£44,606 - £50,819 per annum

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 20,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of nine hospitals across six separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider

Following the retirement of the current post-holder, the Trust has an exciting opportunity for a full time Chaplaincy Manager at Band 8a who is eligible to be licensed/authorised by their respective religious /spiritual authority to lead the Trust Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department at Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will be educated to Master’s Degree Level in an appropriate subject such as pastoral theology, and have substantial healthcare Chaplaincy and management experience.


The Trust is a leading provider of tertiary and specialist healthcare services in Manchester and we treat more than a million patients every year. Our specialist hospitals are home to hundreds of world class clinicians and academic staff committed to finding our patients the best care and treatments.


Set in a hugely diverse population, the Chaplaincy team has many opportunities for the development of new and innovative ways of providing care for the community's spiritual and religious needs. The Chaplaincy Service works as a Multi Faith Team, supporting one another in caring for patients, staff and visitors from a vast range of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. The team are involved in training staff in their understanding of spiritual care, end-of-life issues, listening skills and assessment of patient needs. Chaplaincy supports the Trust Equality and Diversity agenda and the Trust's commitment to core value statements: Everyone Matters, Working Together, Dignity and Care and Open and Honest. The department is involved in all aspects of the life of the Trust, and is well respected across every tier of management and the organisation.


This role will provide an opportunity to lead a large Chaplaincy Team in a busy and culturally diverse organisation, developing a multi faith approach to chaplaincy provision, which requires tact, patience and understanding. Also part of your role will be providing generic spiritual and emotional care to those patients, relatives or staff members of any belief or faith group when requested.


As mentioned above, you will be fully accredited and authorised by your own denomination as a chaplain and be able to show that you are in good standing with that faith group. You will already have substantial experience in managing a team of health care chaplains within the NHS. This role is especially suitable for a candidate with experience as a Band 7 Chaplaincy Manager/Deputy Manager looking to move up into a more responsible and strategic area of work. You will be key in providing religious and spiritual care to patients, families, carers and staff according to the 2015 Guidance for NHS Chaplaincy developed under the auspices of NHS England. You will be fully aware and compliant with the United Kingdom Board of Healthcare (UKBHC) Chaplaincy Code of Conduct and Competencies.


You will take full responsibility for your role through being a Group Chaplaincy Manager across the whole Trust whilst maintaining a level of operational Chaplaincy commitment to the 24/7 On Call Service and weekend working. You will need to be able to use your personal transport for certain duties, with appropriate travel expenses being offered in return. This post attracts unsociable working enhancements and on-call payments relating to the level of on-call undertaken.


You will be offered the level of training and support needed for the role, and encouraged to seek clinical supervision and support when appropriate. You will be encouraged to seek further training and do further study in the fields of leadership, pastoral care and chaplaincy in a healthcare context.







For further details / informal visits contact:

For more information or an informal visit please contact Rev. Peter Gomm Senior Manager of Chaplaincy Services on 0161 276 4582 or email :

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £29.50(standard disclosure) or £47.50 (enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third-party recruitment system - TRAC systems. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to MFT transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

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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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