Specialist Oncology and Palliative Care Chaplain/Pastoral Carer
Leeds Teaching Hospitals
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We have unique opportunity for Specialist Oncology and Palliative Care Chaplain/Pastoral Carer. This exciting and rare role will enable an experienced healthcare chaplain/pastoral carer to shape and develop a leading-edge pastoral, spiritual, and religious care offer to outpatients and inpatients at Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT). You will be supported by a supportive resource group and the wider chaplaincy and pastoral care team and working in a major teaching acute Trust.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals are one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in Europe and we provide healthcare and specialist services for people from the city of Leeds, Yorkshire, and the Humber and beyond.
We play an important role in the training and education of medical, nursing and dental students, and are a centre of world-class research and pioneering new treatments. Leeds Teaching Hospitals has a budget of £1.4 billion and employs around 20,000 people.
Our care and clinical expertise is delivered from seven hospitals on five sites, and they are all joined by our vision to be the best for specialist and integrated care. This includes St James's University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children's Hospital, Leeds Dental Institute, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital and Wharfedale Hospital.
Our staff helped to define the values and behaviours that we should work to, and this has become known as The Leeds Way.
Main duties of the job
We are seeking a passionate and dynamic chaplain or pastoral carer for this role withing the chaplaincy team; a team providing pastoral, spiritual, and religious care, as appropriate, to patients, staff, and carers from religious and non-religious beliefs.
The post holder will be tasked to coordinate and deliver care for outpatients and inpatients; with approximately 60% of time focused on outpatients which could include telehealth and other technology to connect with individuals under our care but living a distance from the hospitals. They will be supported in doing this by a resource group and the wider chaplaincy Team.
In collaboration with other clinicians, especially in the oncology Clinical service unit (CSU), and the Adult Therapies CSU of which chaplaincy is a part you will contribute the delivery of excellent care, service development and help the Trust reach it strategic goals.
You will be an ambassador for pastoral, spiritual, and religious care as part of holistic healthcare; developing a culture so that patient care is central to every decision. You will have the potential to contribute to research and innovation, alongside service improvement.
We are a friendly, welcoming organisation, CSU, and department and we are committed to working lives that support your overall wellbeing. In line with this commitment, flexible working requests can be discussed as part of the recruitment process.
The Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care department
Our department delivers care to adults and children, along with care for staff colleagues. We are a diverse team in every sense, including in terms of religious and non-religious beliefs. We are united by the belied that everyone is special and unique; and patient and staff need are central to our values as we strive to deliver holistic care.
We deliver 24-hour care in emergency through 3 on call rotas. We strive in all we do to deliver excellent care that is guided by the individual. We are deepening our relationships across integrated care board boundaries to ensure we support patients seamlessly.
Post covid and in the light of new guidance for chaplaincy we are renewing our strategy and goals, along with exploring new ways of working
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The Specialist Oncology and Palliative Care Chaplain/pastoral carer is responsible for leading the chaplaincy departmental provision in oncology and palliative care, in consultation with the Head/Deputy Head of Department and the wider chaplaincy team. The post holder will provide specialist advice to the Trust on matters of religion, spirituality, and pastoral care, especially for cancer and specialist palliative care. The post holder will also continue to practice as a chaplain/pastoral carer and contribute to the duty and on-call rota, as appropriate for their belief or faith.
The Specialist Oncology and Palliative Care Chaplain/pastoral carer is a senior member of the chaplaincy team and may be called upon to deputise for the Head/Deputy Head of Service.
The chaplaincy service contributes to care pathways across the acute sector and collaborates across the integrated care systems in West Yorkshire and as well as health and care providers in the City of Leeds, with the aim is to integrate service delivery and organisational systems as extensively as possible so that the needs of one person are addressed by people acting as one team, from organisations behaving as one system.
The primary aim of the Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care Service is to provide specialist pastoral, spiritual, and religious care and chaplaincy support to the hospitals of the Trust. Chaplains work at the intersections of religion, belief, spirituality and health by supporting patients (babies, children and adults), those important to them, and the healthcare team, to integrate spiritual beliefs, values and practices into whole-person care.
The Chaplaincy Service is a department of the Trust that plans, facilitates, and delivers services and care to address the pastoral, spiritual and religious needs of the hospitals diverse population. It provides access to chaplaincy support 24 hours a day, expert advice and educational opportunities, and liaises with faith communities and belief groups in the wider community. The Chaplaincy service provides pastoral, spiritual, and religious support to staff and volunteers of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
The Specialist oncology and palliative care chaplain/pastoral carer will be collaborate with the Lead Cancer Nurse, the Specialist Palliative Care Team, CNS teams, and CSUs, especially where cancer patients access services. The post holder will collaborate with the wider chaplaincy and pastoral care team; including volunteers, bank and honorary chaplains.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES & AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
4.1 Specialist Chaplain/Pastoral Carer
Lead by example through presence, visibility and behaviours of compassion, inclusivity and the Leeds Way values of the Trust.
Contribute to excellent multi professional collaboration to provide the best possible holistic care for people.
Help promote an ethos within the Chaplaincy Service that nurtures and engages staff, provides an empowering and collegial environment, and facilitates mutual accountability and learning.
Foster respect and understanding of the religious, spiritual and pastoral traditions and practices of the diverse communities the Trust serves and are represented in the workforce.
Lead professional development and service improvement to support excellence in patient care and service delivery within oncology and palliative care.
Contribute to the senior leadership of the chaplaincy and work effectively as a senior chaplain/pastoral carer.
Ensure that pastoral, spiritual, or religious care in cancer and palliative care meets all relevant service and professional standards, including NHS England NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines and the UKBHC Standards for Healthcare Chaplaincy Services.
Contribute to sustainable innovation that is informed by current evidence, diffuses fresh thinking and new ideas, and supports the chaplaincy team with cancer and palliative care staff in developing best practice.
Represent the department at relevant clinical and governance relating to cancer and palliative care.
4.2 Clinical Governance
Ensure that there are effective structures and processes of governance in place to provide assurance to the chaplaincy and oncology quality fora.
Submit timely performance updates on agreed metrics to the Leeds Hospitals Charity.
Promote and follow all relevant Clinical Governance standards and practices in the department including Infection Prevention and Control.
Reflect on user and stakeholder feedback and concerns, ensuring lessons learnt are implemented.
4.3 Service Planning
Formulate an inspiring and ambitious vision for the development and delivery of high-quality chaplaincy services withing cancer and palliative care aligned to the clinical support units (CSU), the strategic needs of the Trust and the populations it serves.
Identify and collaborate with Head/Deputy Head of Chaplaincy in the development of relevant business plans that aim to fulfil the needs of service users and the requirements of the CSU and the Trust.
Understand and adopt innovations and developments in chaplaincy practice and service delivery that can improve the quality of the chaplaincy service in cancer and palliative care.
4.4 Operational Management
Ensure the day-to-day continuity of services in cancer and palliative care, escalating concerns in a timely way, working with the Head/Deputy Head of chaplaincy when staff shortages or other challenges arise.
Be part of the departments Major Incident Response plan.
4.5 Chaplaincy Practice
Provide specialist spiritual care and chaplaincy support to patients, those who are important to them, and to staff. This may include working in highly sensitive and complex situations and in highly distressing circumstances.
Provide specialist assessments of people presenting with pastoral and spiritual needs and exercise professional judgement in determining their chaplaincy care and support.
Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner with those who seek chaplaincy support, record relevant information about the patient and their care in the patient and chaplaincy record, and liaise with other members of the care team to support effective multidisciplinary teamwork.
Administer appropriate rites and ceremonies that are congruent with the practices of patients and those who are important to them, and consistent with the post-holders authorising faith community or belief group.
Refer, with the consent of the service user, to a leader of a relevant faith community or belief group where the service user has immediate or ongoing needs that cannot be met within Chaplaincy Department.
Practice in accordance with the principles of the UKBHC Code of Conduct for Healthcare Chaplains and be subject to regular chaplaincy supervision.
Maintain fitness to practice as a chaplain by completing the necessary training and CPD to meet UKBHC standards and the requirements of the Trust.
Contribute to the chaplaincy duty and out of hours on-call rotas responding within departmental standards.
Contribute to the supervision of chaplains and junior chaplains and promote reflective practice as a core skill in chaplaincy care.
4.6 Communication, Information & IT
Join or initiate networks at the local, regional and national level to support collaborations and the dissemination of knowledge in support of the chaplaincy profession and the contribution of chaplaincy practice to health services in cancer and palliative care.
Communicate effectively at a high level with other clinical professions, both internally and externally, on issues relating to chaplaincy and spiritual care.
Ensure effective communication structures among chaplaincy staff, within the CSUs and across wider networks.
Ensure patient and operational information is accurate and managed within relevant governance frameworks and regulations.
Request, collate and analyse data related to service activity and performance in cancer and palliative to drive service quality and inform strategic planning.
Maximise the benefits of information technology in the service.
4.7 Audit, Service Evaluation and Research
Promote a culture of quality improvement and evidence-based practice in the profession, and actively support the translation of research knowledge into practice.
Ensure that professional and relevant national standards and guidelines are implemented and audited.
Adopt and implement service improvement methods and techniques that provide a systematic and rigorous approach, engage staff and support learning from the patients experience.
4.8 Education and Training
Support a culture of professional learning, reflection, and the continuous development of practice.
Supervise students on placement.
Contribute to the development and delivery of training and educational programmes in chaplaincy practice and spiritual care at a range of academic levels.
Appraise directly line-managed chaplains and support their on-going professional and career development.
4.9 Resource and Asset Management
Ensure chaplaincy office space, chapels, quiet and prayer rooms are maintained to a safe and good standard. Ensure they meet the needs of the stakeholder populations and comply with relevant Trust policies.
Financial oversight of the resources used by chaplaincy in oncology and special palliative care, including detailed analysis of cost benefits, monitoring finances, reporting back on utilisation and impact.
Develop fully costed business plans for further service development; and ensure all activity uses the Leeds Way waste reduction to maximise resource available to patient care and staff support.
4.10 Staff Management
Follow Trust policies and relevant professional regulations including processes and procedures to ensure that staff and volunteers are competent and safe practitioners and are supported and managed effectively.
Skills and Behaviours
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