Why Work for Us
Do you have a background in chaplaincy, or spiritual and pastoral support ?
Do you want to develop your current skills into a specialist role and be part of a pro-active multi-disciplinary and professional team, who put excellent patient care as their priority?
Do you have a passion for working collaboratively in an environment of thriving on positive change and making a difference to those with palliative and end of life care needs?
Are you passionate about supporting and empowering patients to live well until their very last moment in their life?
- Through holistic needs assessment
- Providing individually planned care informed by patient wishes
- Supporting patients and their families/carers to have open and honest conversations about their wishes for end of life care
If so, then the role of Spiritual Care Chaplain at Pilgrims may be just the job for you!
We are seeking well-motivated and forward thinking professionals to join our multi-disciplinary team, in supporting patients across east Kent.
The Spiritual Care Chaplain is responsible for the development and delivery of pastoral, religious and spiritual services primarily at one of the hospice sites, as part of Pilgrims spiritual care team and the wider hospice psychosocial team. You will be required to undertake patient facing activities across the in-patient unit, therapy centre and in the local community, and will be required to contribute to the development of Pilgrims holistic psychosocial and wellbeing services
Key duties include:
- To act as a lead for the practice of pastoral, religious and spiritual care
- To facilitate appropriate pastoral, religious and spiritual care to patients living with life limiting conditions and at the end of their life, in the in-patient unit, therapy centre and in the community.
- To facilitate appropriate pastoral, religious and spiritual care to carer and families of hospice patients both pre and post bereavement
- To facilitate appropriate pastoral, religious and spiritual care to hospice staff and volunteers
- To undertake holistic person centred assessment of individual pastoral, religious and spiritual needs, and support the exploration of issues of spirituality where required.
Pilgrims provides an inclusive service and we would welcome applicants from any recognised faith, or non-faith background.
To discuss the role further, please contact Cat Darkins, Lead Spiritual Care Chaplain; Catherine.Darkins@pilgrimshospices.org.
Recognising the need to support employees working within this particular field, we provide an extensive range of physical and psychological support measures through our health and wellbeing programme, to ensure your success, including:
- A supportive and friendly working environment
- Regular quality interactions with our clinical and medical teams
- Strong working relationships with other members of the multi-disciplinary teams
- On-going training and CPD/career development
- Access to a range of resources to ensure our staff have access to help and support where and when they need it; and
- Regular self-care and development sessions
As an award-winning employer, Pilgrims provides end-of-life care services to patients and their families across east Kent.
Our commitment is to provide open, compassionate care and expertise for patients and their families – both in the community and in-patient units.
“Of a community where people with a terminal illness and their family and friends are supported and empowered to live well in mind and body until the very last moment of their life”.
We recognise that our workforce is integral to the delivery of our Vision and our charitable aims. Pilgrims Hospices continues to create a highly skilled, motivated, engaged and healthy workforce by providing an environment where staff and volunteers feel highly motivated to perform their roles to a consistently high standard, and actively role model our charitable behaviours and values.
To achieve our Vision, we have a shared set of values and behaviours that enable us to be the people and the charity that patients and their loved ones need us to be. They form our CODE, which guides us in our daily working and decision making:
Compassionate We treat everyone with compassion and care
Open We communicate openly, honestly and effectively
Dynamic We are dynamic, improving and developing our service
Empowered We empower people to achieve their outcomes
As an Employer of Choice, our commitment to supporting our employees and volunteers is a key priority.
Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy is an important step in ensuring the sustainability of our workforce, and clearly outlines our strategic intentions to improve employee capability, resilience, and engagement, to adapt to and embrace change as the health sector continues to develop.
Our hospices offer:
- Modern, friendly and highly professional working environments
- Opportunities for professional development through a range of extensive learning (upon successful completion the post holder will move to a Band 6 role)
- Alignment with NHS pay rates and continuity in membership of the NHS pension scheme
- A sense of achievement in supporting a worthwhile cause
- A sense of wellbeing
- A good work-life balance
- Locations across well-populated areas of east Kent – all providing very good road and rail links
- NHS and financial discounts i.e. Blue Light Card
- Cycle to Work Schemes
- Free hospice parking
We invest in our employees, which is one of the key things that makes us an award-winning employer of choice.
If you think this is your ideal role and want to join us and contribute to providing high quality patient care and support to those at the end of their life, please apply now.