What does your average day look like at KHFT?
There is never an “average day”! We respond to many different requests to support patients and their relatives who may be at various points on the clinical journey when spiritual pain and distress can be heightened e.g. when receiving results of a diagnosis, or news of disease progression or recurrence. We provide pastoral support or provide a bedside service such as Holy Communion or End of Life Anointing and Prayer.
As a team we also attend key strategic boards and committees of the Trust (Patient Experience, End of Life Care, Equality & Diversity, Clinical Excellence) to ensure that there is a consistent holistic approach to patient, family / carer and staff wellbeing.
What makes you proud in your job?
Susan van Beveren (Head of Chaplaincy, Pastoral & Spiritual Support Services) - I am most proud of my team – we have a fabulous group of Chaplains and Volunteers who bring a wealth of experience to the work of the Department. We share and celebrate different cultures and faiths, and all share a passion for providing compassionate, person-centred support to those who seek our assistance – be it for a listening ear along the way, through to some of the tragic and difficult circumstances that can surround the life and death moments we see in the daily round of Healthcare provision. It is a privilege to lead this team.
Judith Roberts (Assistant Chaplain) - I am proud that what I can offer is reciprocated by what I receive back from colleagues, patients and families.
Alfred Banya (Assistant Chaplain) - Making a positive difference to people’s lives especially when they are going through a difficult experience, such as ill-health or the loss of loved ones.