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The Clifton Diocese is the Catholic Church in the West of England. Our administrative offices are based in Bristol and support the pastoral needs of the Catholic community throughout Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol. As an employee of the Clifton Diocese you will be working for an award-winning, unique and diverse organisation. You will be in contact with people with various backgrounds and from around the world. You will enjoy being challenged and thrive working as part of our professional and dedicated teams; whether that’s as part of small office-based teams, the local Catholic community, and wider still as part of the Universal Church. You will work with professionals, volunteers, clergy, as well as many external contacts.

Current Vacancies:

Royal United Hospitals Bath

JOB TITLE:                          Assistant Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

BAND:                                   5

DEPARTMENT:                   Chaplaincy-Spiritual Care

SPECIALITY / DIVISION: Patient Experience

RESPONSIBLE TO:           Lead Chaplain

ACCOUNTABLE TO:         Lead Chaplain

JOB SUMMARY:                 The denominational authority will be Roman Catholic


  1. To assist the Lead Chaplain, and collaborate with Spiritual Care Team and Spiritual Care Volunteers in delivering a safe and effective service which meets the needs of the Trust in providing for the Spiritual, Pastoral and Religious care of patients, their family carers and staff, within the Trust and other organisations for which the RUH has a Chaplaincy Service Level Agreement.
  2. To visit patients, carers and staff in the wards and departments on a regular basis, providing pastoral and spiritual care to those of any faith or none, without prejudice, ensuring that the Spiritual Care Department fully upholds and embraces the principles of the Equality Act 2010.
  3. To assist the Lead Chaplain in supporting diverse users of the Spiritual Care Services by ensuring that suitable facilities for religious observance, prayer and reflection are made accessible to all who require them, without discrimination. This will include appropriate support for people of no faith or belief, but who express a desire for pastoral care.
  4. To assist, create and support corporate acts of worship which have spiritual significance; Annual Service for Special Babies; Annual Service of Reflection for relatives of those who have died within the RUH and other memorial services within the hospital. In addition, to be part of the roster for preparing, leading and coordinating volunteers with regards to the weekly Ecumenical Sunday Service. During this pandemic period we have been exploring different ways of offering acts of worship.
  5. To have specialist knowledge of Roman Catholicism and the Sacramental Ministry of the Catholic Priest (especially Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Communion), in order to appropriately respond to patients, carers, staff and volunteers who seek ministry within that tradition. In addition, to maintain and build good links and communication with local Roman Catholic Deaneries and Parishes including their Priests.
  6. To coordinate and expand a team of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC), including preparing and circulating a rota – due to the current pandemic our existing EM are not able to come in.
  7. To work in partnership Ecumenically and with Faith leaders in the community to provide Religious, Spiritual and Pastoral care to patients, their family carers and staff, within the Trust and other organisations for which the RUH has a chaplaincy Service Level Agreement currently.
  8. Following a period of induction, to share in providing 24-hour on-call service as Trust Duty Chaplain, approximately one on call per week which may include part of the weekend and to provide cover for colleagues during leave or absence. This requires flexibility often at a short notice, on an on-call basis.
  9. To work across the Trust in a wide range of healthcare teams and to be able to identify opportunities for training needs under the supervision of the Lead Chaplain and team members.
  10. Following a period of induction, to share in the training and supervision of all Spiritual Care Volunteers.
  11. On occasions, provide specialist training for Clinical staff, and the Spiritual Care Team, specifically in aspects of spiritual care relating to communication, breaking bad news, recognising and treating spiritual pain, holistic care of the dying patient, care of the deceased patient, pre and post bereavement care.
  12. To participate and work alongside the Patient and Carer Experience Group, Privacy Dignity and Respect Group, Health and Well-being Group.
  13. To assist the Spiritual Care Team in ensuring that resources and information describing Spiritual Care Services (website and Patient Information Leaflets) are maintained, are up to date and are accessible for all who wish to access the Chaplaincy Services, especially those from the Roman Catholic tradition.
  14. To assist the Spiritual Care Team in ensuring that processes are in place for the Spiritual Care Services to receive feedback from patients, their families, carers and staff, within the Trust and other organisations, in order to support service improvement.

Full job description: JD Assistant Chaplain Band 5 RC Jan2021_