An exciting opportunity has arisen for Bank Chaplains to join our teams.

Are you looking to step into a challenging role where you can make a real impact on our patients, their loved ones and your colleagues?

Are you interested in working in an acute, mental health or community hospital setting – or would you enjoy the added flexibility of working across two or three different settings?

We are seeking appoint suitably qualified experienced individuals with a strong personal spirituality, a commitment to providing support to all regardless of their faith or belief system and a desire to work collaboratively as part of a team.

While still known as ‘Chaplaincy’ we work on an inclusive model committed to offering high quality pastoral, spiritual and, where appropriate, religious care to patients, visitors and staff of all faiths and of none.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide emotional support to people experiencing acute emotional distress is essential.

We welcome applications from lay people, from members of minority faith groups represented in Somerset, and from people who can represent Humanist and other non-religious traditions.

Experience in pastoral ministry is essential and experience of working with the dying and bereaved and/or those who have experienced foetal loss or still birth is desirable.

Previous experience of working in health care would be advantageous.

Provide pastoral and spiritual care

  • Assess spiritual health and wellbeing needs, develop spiritual care plans, and keep written and electronic records.
  • Evaluate referrals and provide a timely response.
  • Provide or facilitate spiritual and pastoral care sensitive to the cultural, faith and belief realities of the diversity of service users.
  • Work collaboratively alongside other professionals of all grades.

Contribute to the effective working of the Chaplaincy team by working flexibly with colleagues

  • Ensure good communication and collaboration with other members of the team
  • Share in the daytime duty rota
  • Share in leading worship if authorized to do so.
  • Follow agreed procedures and policies and maintain accurate and timely records of patient encounters
  • Attend meetings of the Chaplaincy team as required.

Provide or facilitate religious care as appropriate

  • Deliver ritual/ceremony consistent with one’s own faith or belief tradition.
  • Organise rites, sacraments and ceremonies that cannot be undertaken by the post holder for reasons of timing or conscience to be administered by a suitable colleague or community faith/belief leader.
  • Make referrals to appropriate faith/belief leaders and community ministers of religion at the patient’s request and with their consent

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

Would you like to feel supported and valued professionally and personally within your team?

You will be a part of a team of dedicated colleagues who understand the challenges of the role and the importance of supporting each other. Here at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, as well as taking pride in caring for our patients, we also prioritise taking care of and developing our colleagues.

Would you like to work in one of the most desirable places within the UK?

As part of the benefits of working in Somerset you can soak up all that the idyllic countryside has to offer with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You get to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Do you share our core values?

Our values are simple: Outstanding Care, Working Together, Listening and Leading.


Job Title: Team Chaplain

Band: 5

Directorate: CSSS

Department: Chaplaincy

Base: To be discussed, once appointed to the Bank, there are opportunities both on our acute site at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and in Mental Health and Community Hospitals across Somerset.

Job Purpose

In this role, you will be working as part of a team, providing spiritual care across on the acute hospital site or in metal health units and community hospitals, and carrying out a number of administrative tasks that support that work.

Responsible to

Lead Chaplain and Head of Spiritual Care for the acute site and/or Chaplaincy Team-Leader for Community and Mental Health.

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Key Working Relationships

  • Chaplaincy Team Leader on the Acute Community and Mental Health Chaplaincy staff and volunteers.
  • Lead Chaplain and Team Chaplains and volunteers in the acute hospital
  • Ward staff.
  • Bereavement and Medical Examiner Office and Mortuary staff.
  • Ante-Natal Screening staff and Labour Ward staff.
  • Representatives of both religious and secular organizations across Somerset

Planning and Organisation

  • The post-holder will be required to manage their own workload and have a track record of being able to work independently as well as collaboratively.


  • The post-holder will be required to maintain records and may be asked to compile data and statistics relating to department activity.

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

  • The administrator will communicate with patients/carers/ relatives and representatives of various secular and religious organisations in person and by telephone and email.
  • The post-holder may be required to attend and participate in MDT meetings
  • The post-holder may be asked to run and/or /participate in groups in mental health settings.
  • The post therefore requires a high degree of curtesy, compassion, discretion and a working knowledge of NHS policies on confidentiality and information governance.

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

  • The post-holder may be asked to assist in updating policies relevant to the department, to compile data on department activity and to assist with audits and small research projects

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

  • The post-holder may receive financial and other donations from patients and families on behalf of the department.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

  • On the Acute site the post-holder may be asked to assist in the management of volunteers in the absence of the Chaplaincy Team Leader/Lead Chaplain.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

  • The post-holder will be proficient at using various IT systems and be responsible for ensuring details of their work activity is entered into spreadsheets on the department’s shared drive and/or into electronic patient record systems. IT systems are used to provide spiritual support in virtual form for some community and mental health units.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

  • The post-holder would be expected to take up offers of clinical supervision and reflective practice
  • Other tasks appropriate to the Banding of the post and the post-holder’s skill set may be required from time to time

Please see the attached job description for further details

For further details/informal visits contact:
Rev’d Julia French, Lead Chaplain and Head of Spiritual Care for Musgrove Park Hospital


Rev’d Robin Pfaff, Chaplaincy Team Leader for Community and Mental Health


Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


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