Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PG Cert Counselling and Interpersonal Skills, PG Dip, Counselling and Psychotherapy (pending results)

From a young age Maryam has had passion to support and help others. Her first pastoral role was supporting children and young adults with disabilities and learning difficulties during her undergraduate studies.

Maryam’s interest in pastoral care grew and, after her studies, she took up her post as hospital chaplain. She developed the role of spiritual healthcare by accompanying it with her theology studies, specialising in Islamic Models of Psychology (Nafsiyat) and later an MA in Psychotherapy.

Maryam has been a Muslim chaplain for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for over 12 years and has been involved in a number of key projects including the Born in Bradford research project.

She has also been a health improvement practitioner for South Asian patients with MS, been part of the teaching team for the Chaplaincy MA at Leeds Beckett University, the nursing and midwifery teaching team at the University Of Bradford, and contributed to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Beyond Belief’ programme discussing death and bereavement.

Maryam works with referrals from different teams across the hospital. She has recently been working to develop a new ‘bereavement memory box’ for Muslim families whose child is stillborn or where a miscarriage has occurred.

She is also working towards her diploma is counselling and psychotherapy, skills which will enhance her role to support patients, staff and carers.

Maryam works with the team to provide mentoring for chaplaincy volunteers and her main role within in the department is to develop the teaching and training for staff and chaplaincy volunteers; an area she is keen to develop to strive for excellence in spiritual and holistic care for patients, contributing and improving our overall patient experience.