The Role of Chaplains
The role of the chaplain is to be involved with others through multi-disciplinary working for the provision of holistic care to the foundation trust community.
Chaplaincy brings counsel, comfort and support to those in need - patients, staff, relatives and carers - at times of accident, illness or great stress. Such times of crisis can cause people to feel disconnected from traditional structures and so call into question familiar values, beliefs and sources of support.
Research has shown that such distress can have significant effect on patients therefore chaplains offer spiritual/pastoral care at these critical junctures, enabling people to become realigned with appropriate support mechanisms.
Chaplaincy recognises that all people have a spiritual dimension with their beliefs, traditions and values enabling them to make decisions in their search for meaning through pain and illness.
Spiritual care offers the possibility of understanding discontinuity in the narrative of their life. The role of the chaplains is not therefore concerned with religion alone but with affirming the spiritual dimension in people.
This unique listening ear facility is completely confidential, unquestioning in its acceptance and available to all.