Palliative Care Chaplain

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The closing date is 17 January 2021

Job overview

We are open to applicants with chaplaincy experience of giving religious and pastoral support as part of specialist palliative care. The hours available are flexible so as to attract the most suitable candidate. The post requires a minimum commitment of 30 hours per week. Your hours will usually be worked over four days per week divided equally between STH and SLH. If a 37.5 hours contract is agreed, 2 days per week will be worked at SLH and 3 days at STH. There will be the need for occasional unsocial hours work at STH.

We are seeking someone who is able to reflect on the practice of spiritual care and keen to contribute to effective multi-faith Chaplaincy teams, working across two very different organisations.

The selection process will include a competency & values-based panel interview via MS Teams, as well as preparation of a presentation for which further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:

  • Offer care to patients, relatives and staff with diverse spiritual and pastoral needs - within and beyond your own faith or belief tradition.
  • Contribute to the Chaplaincy team on-call out-of-hours rota and to work flexible hours, when necessary.
  • Travel between the two STH campuses and the Hospice.
  • Be a graduate or equivalent in a recognised chaplaincy-related discipline, with substantial experience of giving pastoral care as detailed in the Person Specification.
  • Have a recognised leadership role within your national faith or belief community, and will be able to meet the authorization requirements of your faith / belief organisation. For Christian Chaplains, you will belong to one of the Christian Churches affiliated to Churches Together in England.

About us

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is one of the countrys largest Trusts, and together with St. Lukes Hospice, Sheffield is committed to outstanding patient care through clinical excellence, high quality education, and innovative research. Both Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) and St. Lukes Hospice (SLH) seek to deliver the best possible palliative care in Sheffield, whilst developing and driving forward continued improvements for everyone affected by terminal illness.

Both organisations include expert and skilled healthcare Chaplains, who are highly valued members of both the acute and Hospice teams. We now have an important specialist role available due to the previous post-holder taking up a national chaplaincy post. If you are passionate about offering spiritual care in this creative and challenging environment, we have available the post of Palliative Care Chaplain to offer a successful chaplaincy applicant.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Assess and manage a caseload of people with wide-ranging and complex religious, spiritual, and pastoral needs.
  • Provide an informed ethical, theological, spiritual and pastoral resource to individuals and to the wider institutions of STH and SLH, to people of all faith / belief perspectives and none, bringing expertise from their own tradition and providing a safe space and resource for people in their search for faith, meaning and hope.
  • Supervise and train students, assistant and entry-grade chaplains.
  • Contribute to effective Chaplaincy departments within STH and SLH with responsibilities for particular projects and work streams.
  • Contribute to the provision of an on-call rota, a 7-day service and cover for colleagues during periods of absence.

Person Specification



  • oBachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Theology or a related subject
  • oAccreditation/acknowledged status for faith / belief community leadership role
  • oEligibility to be licensed or authorised to this role by relevant faith / belief body


  • oPostgraduate degree or diploma in a chaplaincy-related discipline OR engaged on a course leading to this



  • oMinimum of 1600 hours of professionally supervised clinical practice as a designated healthcare chaplain
  • oSignificant work with people from diverse backgrounds, including of faith and no faith
  • oHealthcare experience
  • oEffective performance as a healthcare chaplain at a minimum of Band 5
  • oWorking experience in an oncology/palliative care setting


  • oEvidence of ecumenical collaboration
  • oEvidence of multi-faith team working
  • oExperience of supervising students and volunteers

Further Training


  • oPost-basic training relevant to palliative care
  • oProfessional practice skills and competencies
  • oReligious skills and competencies relevant to the post appropriate to one's faith or belief identity


  • oSpecialist chaplaincy training by a recognised provider
  • oResearch Activity



  • oCompetent use of self in chaplaincy practice including emotional availability, cultural humility, appropriate self-disclosure, positive use of power and authority, and clear and responsible boundaries.
  • oCounselling / Supervision skills
  • oEffective pastoral functioning in a healthcare setting
  • oAble to deliver training at a variety of levels
  • oAble to lead religious services and non-religious ceremonies in a way that is sensitive to the pastoral context and needs
  • oAble to effectively manage caseload and own schedule
  • oAble to work collaboratively, sustain positive working relationships and contribute effectively to a team
  • oConfident working effectively with a wide diversity of service users
  • oAwareness of key issues in - spiritual healthcare - palliative care - healthcare policy
  • oEffective IT skills using Microsoft Word and Outlook



  • Able to reflect critically on both the challenges and opportunities that our organisational values present to Chaplaincy practice

Other Factors


  • oAble to provide on-call cover and attend within 1 hour of call
  • oAvailable to work 7 days per week


  • oCar owner
  • oCar driver

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals


S5 7AU

Employer's website

Date posted

06 January 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£31,365 to £37,890 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals


S5 7AU

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