Band 6

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Band 6
22.5 hours per week
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Manchester Royal Infirmary
£26,565 - £35,577 per annum pro rata
30/09/2017 23:59

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) will join together to create a new Foundation Trust in October 2017 which will be named Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust; subject to required approvals.   Following this, the plan is for North Manchester General Hospital (which is currently part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) to join the new organisation around 12-18 months later.

As a result of this plan, it’s such an extremely exciting and challenging period in the delivery of health and social care in Greater Manchester and one that provides a wealth of opportunity. Our new organisation will provide a single hospital service across the city of Manchester and in 12- 18 months will also include the services currently provided by North Manchester General Hospital.  These changes will make a real difference to the health outcomes and quality of life for the people of Manchester. 

We are looking for an experienced Anglican or Free Church Chaplain to join the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Department.

Set in a hugely diverse population, our team has many opportunities for the development of new and innovative ways of providing care for the community's spiritual and religious needs. We work as a Multi Faith Team, supporting one another in caring for patients, staff and visitors from a vast range of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.

We are involved in training staff in their understanding of spiritual care, end-of-life issues, listening skills and assessment of patient needs. We support the Trust Equality and Diversity agenda and the Trust's commitment to our six core values of Respect, Empathy, Compassion, Consideration, Dignity and Pride.

Our department is involved in all aspects of the life of the Trust, and is well respected across every tier of management and the organisation. We offer opportunities to develop professionally, pursue research projects and work in a wide variety of different contexts within the Trust.

This role will provide an opportunity to work as a chaplain, in a team of ten, in a busy and culturally diverse organisation. (The successful applicant will be required to work 22.5 hours or three days) Since 2009, we have functioned within a brand new Multi Faith Centre, and are developing a multi faith approach to chaplaincy provision, which requires tact, patience and understanding. Part of your role will be providing generic spiritual and emotional care to those patients, relatives or staff members of any belief or faith group when requested.

You will be fully accredited and authorised by your own denomination to become a chaplain and be able to show that you are in good standing with that group. You will already have substantial experience as a health care chaplain either in the NHS or as a volunteer. This role is especially suitable for a trainee chaplain (Band 5) looking to move up into a more responsible area of work. You will be key in providing direct religious and spiritual care to patients, families, carers and staff according to the 2015 Guidance for NHS Chaplaincy developed under the auspices of NHS England. You will be fully aware and compliant with the United Kingdom Board of Healthcare (UKBHC) Chaplaincy Code of Conduct.

You will take full responsibility for your role through being a Divisional Lead, visiting patients at the bedside on wards and departments in the Division, attending relevant meetings and steering groups, contributing to the out of hours on call provision and being available for Sunday working. The commitment to the On Call Service is approximately one week night and one weekend each month. You will be expected to work about two Sundays each month. You will need to be able to use your personal car for certain duties, with appropriate travel expenses being offered in return. This post attracts a local Recruitment and Retention Premium, Sunday working enhancements and on-call payments relating to the level of on-call undertaken.

You will be offered the level of training and support needed for the role, and encouraged to seek clinical supervision and support when appropriate. You will be encouraged to seek further training and do further study in the fields of leadership, pastoral care and chaplaincy in a healthcare context.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Rev. Peter Gomm Senior Manager of Chaplaincy and Bereavement Services on 0161 276 4582 or email :

If you have problems applying, contact

0161 276 6196