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Chaplaincy Volunteer

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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients. We employ more than 6,500 staff, have approximately 900 beds and have a planned turnover in excess of £410m for 2017/2018.


As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.


Our strategic vision for 2020 is:

As a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, we will provide high quality, safe and effective care. This will be achieved in a financially sustainable way, through our skilled and motivated workforce”.

The Chaplaincy Team is available to those in need of spiritual support during their stay in hospital. They offer help in a gentle, non-judgemental and unobtrusive manner. Chaplaincy volunteers are a long-established and valued part of hospital life. Drawn from a wide variety of local faith communities, chaplaincy volunteers assist the hospital Chaplains through their support and visits to patients, their relatives and friends. This role involves visiting patients on designated wards, referring patients to the Team Chaplains and assisting with services and events. We also have Eucharistic Visitors, who provide Sacramental care under the guidance of the appropriate Team Chaplain.

We have a team of staff based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who will talk you through your role, make sure you are comfortable with your surroundings and will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have while you are a volunteer.

We also like to say thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication in a variety of ways; we invite all of our volunteers to social activities held throughout the year and we put on a special recognition ceremony to honour all the people who give up their time to help our hospital staff and patients.

All volunteers will complete a six week trial as an opportunity for them to check if they will enjoy volunteering, and for us to assess the suitability of their voluntary role. At all times volunteers will be expected to:
 Participate in appropriate training required by the Trust, the Voluntary Services Department and the respective area;
 Promote a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere;
 Offer a smile to everyone and engage in friendly and appropriate conversation with those people who would like to talk;
 Demonstrate respect and sensitivity to all individuals, ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times;
 Refer individuals to the appropriate member of staff where necessary;
 Engage in any other appropriate activity under the guidance and support of a member of staff.

A flexible commitment is available and we ask that you volunteer for a minimum of 6 months. 

This is a great chance for the community to get involved with their local hospital charity, helping to support enhanced care to patients across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, and beyond.

We are currently recruiting new volunteers within many of our voluntary groups. If you would like to express an interest in volunteering with us, or you require any further information, please check our Volunteer Vacancies page.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rev. Johnathan Sewell - Chaplaincy Team Leader 01253 953876