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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
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West Cumberland Hospital
21/05/2024 23:59

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Chaplaincy Volunteer Whitehaven


Job overview


North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust (NCIC) is looking to appoint additional Chaplaincy Volunteers to contribute a couple of hours a week towards and support the Lead Chaplain’s role in the hospitals within both the West and East Clusters of the Acute and Community hospitals in North Cumbria.

Within the hospital environment, candidates must be willing to engage with all patients, relatives, staff, and to work with all chaplaincy colleagues regardless of denomination, gender, faith or belief

It is expected that chaplaincy volunteers will be recognised within and be approved by either their own denomination, faith or belief group, be in good standing within their own faith/belief community and ideally, have demonstrated previous pastoral experience

This is a voluntary role

Main duties of the job

What tasks can this role include?

  • Respectfully approaching patients and introducing yourself and your role
  • Listening to patient or carers’ stories
  • Promoting the work of the Chaplaincy in general
  • Building up a rapport with patients, staff and visitors,
  • Praying with a patient if they request it or finding someone who could
  • Referring the patient to the Chaplain for further pastoral care if required
  • Some volunteers take Holy Communion to the bedside, if they are licenced to do so by their own denomination
  • Joining in Team discussions and training as required

Working for our organisation

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding hospital and health services to half a million people. Established on 1st October 2019, the Trust is creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout north Cumbria and beyond. We’re responsible for delivering over 70 services across 15 main locations and we employ more than 6,500 members of staff.


Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of ‘safe, high quality care every time’.

  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well


As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.


Applicants need to be flexible, respectful of difference, approachable, compassionate, sensitive and resilient.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro – Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email: [email protected]

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

An Enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.

DBS checks for volunteers are free of charge.



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience of pastoral visiting
  • Active member of faith/pastoral group
  • Ability / experience of working within a team
Desirable criteria
  • Working in a busy environment
  • Organisational skills


Essential criteria
  • Good listening skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Empathy

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Applicant requirements

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 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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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Further details / informal visits contact

David Jones
Job title
Chaplain (acting lead)
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01946 23737
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