The Work of the Chaplain
The work of chaplains within the foundation trust is to provide for those in pain and distress on their journey through life.
Chaplains are pastoral practitioners who seek to build up a relationship of trust through compassionate presence and thereby offer help and support to a diversity of people. Such support might focus on the emotional/spiritual adjustment to illness or a search for meaning and purpose through illness.
Help in crisis situations including family/relational issues as well as bereavement care are regular areas of Chaplaincy involvement.
Chaplains work alongside other health care professionals collectively and collaboratively to provide psycho-social-spiritual services for patients and families.
The chaplain's speciality is to possess a particular understanding of the relation between faith, illness and the emotional and mental conflicts that arise and seeks to motivate and initiate meaningful use of each individual's beliefs and attitudes in the management of their problems.
The chaplain's work is supportive as well as functional within the interdisciplinary team.