Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester
I began work as a Hospice Chaplain in 2007 at Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, which provides palliative care in North, West and South Dorset. Before that, I had some hospital chaplaincy experience at Poole Hospital when I was training as a student minister and this continued in my first years as a Baptist church minister in Poole. I also did a placement at St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh in 2002.
I live in Poole with my husband Ken, and our younger son lives nearby. Our elder son died in 1994 aged sixteen. I feel that something of this tragedy informs my practice at the hospice. Things that keep me going are: high church worship, playing my flute, cycling and taking breaks in Cornwall where we have a bolt-hole in the form of a caravan.
Sue Ryder Hospice, Wheatfields, Leeds
David has been Spiritual Care Co-ordinator at Sue Ryder – Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds since 2012. Before that he was, for a year, an Anglican Chaplain at Airedale General Hospice Keighley whilst also doing a Diploma in Healthcare and Social Chaplaincy at Leeds Met. Prior to working in healthcare he worked for eleven years as an ordained Anglican minister in parishes in Lancashire and Staffordshire. And before that, David scratched a living in Northwest England as a musician teaching the flute & clarinet and freelancing/masquerading as a bassoonist.
Working in a hospice is complex and engaging. I enjoy it very much though there is rarely an easy day. Sometimes when people ask what it is that I do: I reply, “Listening and wondering”. The listening we do is about relationships, taking people seriously and meeting people where they are; and the wondering is about being, and journeying to, where the moment seems to require.
Music continues to be an important part of David’s life as does his vintage (mostly 1950s) bicycle.
Pendleside Hospice, Burnley
Chris worked in education, youth and community services in Battersea, Brixton, Sandbach and Alsager and then as an Educational Adviser in South East Cheshire. He was awarded a Diploma in Counselling at Keele University. From 1979 he served as a Methodist Minister in Devon and Lancashire and for the past 7 years as Spiritual Care Team Leader at Pendleside Hospice covering Burnley and Pendle in Lancashire.
Strathcarron Hospice, Denny
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My working life began in Edinburgh where I spent twenty years as a school teacher. Following a number of years of illness, I began to pursue a definite calling to healthcare chaplaincy, returning to study in 1997 and taking on, at first, a part time post with NHS Forth Valley then, eventually, becoming Head of Spiritual Care for the organisation. Throughout my chaplaincy I retained a special interest in palliative care, providing part time cover at Strathcarron Hospice, a job I continue to enjoy after retiring from full time work in 2016.
Healthcare chaplaincy in Scotland has been engaged in some exciting innovations over the past twenty years as we work alongside other disciplines to bring to fruition our government’s aspirations for person-centred care and I have been privileged to be a part of these important developments.
Working part time now allows me to give full attention to the work of the AHPCC and to pursue some of my personal interests by way of travel, singing in two choirs, eating in fine restaurants and spending time with my grandchildren.
Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast
Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Loughborough
Leon joins the AHPCC Executive with five 5 years’ experience in health care spirituality at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Methodist Homes and Myton Hospices. In addition to person centered support for families and staff he helped initiate men’s support groups and Hospice Awareness/Spiritual Support Training for Faith leaders and Health Professionals.
He brings to the role significant experience in the Caribbean, USA and England in multi-cultural and multi-faith work as well as more than 20 years’ experience in strategic leadership and change management in Conflict Resolution and the Criminal Justice sector. He has served as Chaplaincy Manager in the HM’s Prison Service and Minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Current roles outside of hospice work include Methodist Local Preacher, Restorative Justice Practitioner (with Leicester based Restorative Justice Initiative) and member of the Joint Audit and Risk Assessment Panel (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner; Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland).
Leon enjoys being outdoors, music jam sessions and challenging conversations about philosophy and politics with family and friends.
Rowans Hospice, Waterlooville
I am Spiritual Care Chaplain at the Rowans Hospice near Portsmouth. Before starting this role in 2013, I was part of the chaplaincy team at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
My first experience of chaplaincy was being part of the chaplaincy team at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in Greater Manchester. Originally I trained as a primary teacher, working in a variety of schools and was ordained in the Church of England in 2005.
I have a husband Paul who is also a Priest and two grown-up daughters. I am passionate about ecologically-friendly gardening – I have three wormeries! I also like to sing.
Sue Ryder Hospice & Neurological Care
Arthur Rank House, Cambridge
Keith was born and grew up in London and apart for time out to train as an Anglican priest Keith’s work life has always been in healthcare. He trained as a Dental Technician and then as a Maxillo-Facial Technician; making facial prosthesis, cranioplasties and planning jaw surgery in London and then Ipswich. He was widowed in 1997 when his wife died in a road accident, this was during the selection process for the Church of England and his ministerial training took place at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and he was ordained in 2001. At college Keith teamed up with another student to form Revelation Racing, both racing MG’s and seeking opportunities for ministry in motorsport. Also quite early on at theological college, in view of all he had experienced in life, Keith felt called to healthcare chaplaincy and following his curacy he became a chaplain in Addenbrookes Hospital In 2004 and then subsequently full-time chaplain at Arthur Rank Hospice also in Cambridge in 2013.
His role there been develop the chaplaincy, to ensure good engagement between the hospice the wider community and to be involved in the design and development of a new hospice which is due to open in November 2016. Keith was awarded an MA in Pastoral Theology (Healthcare Chaplaincy) in 2016.
Keith is now remarried and has 2 children, both at Primary School.
Outside of work at the hospice Keith is a church elder, when family life allows no longer racing he enjoys tinkering with his old MG, gardening and leading worship and providing chaplaincy at several Goodwood motorsport events throughout the year.
Strathcarron Hospice, Denny
I have had numerous jobs in life both here and abroad, however latterly I trained for Ministry with the Baptist Union of Scotland and was a pastor of a small Baptist Church in Central Scotland before moving to become Chaplain at Strathcarron Hospice. It is a privilege to be the Chaplain of Strathcarron hospice and I love the diversity and complexity of the role of Chaplain. The invitation and the opportunity to journey with patients, families and staff around End-Of-Life is a beautiful sensitive privilege.
My interests that I love outside of work, which help me to relax are spending time with my Family , hillwalking, trail running, reading, gardening, composting & wormery.
Weston HospiceCare, Weston-Super-Mare
I am a Methodist Minister, ordained in 1989, and have been involved in hospice chaplaincy for sixteen years. My current role is full-time chaplain at Weston Hospicecare which is a small hospice in Somerset. I am frequently involved with training and supervision as well as developing a team of volunteers to be companions to patients and families, encouraging people to look at their networks of support and care.
Outside of work my interests include working an allotment, running and creating woolly things from crochet.
Nightingale House Hospice, Wrexham
Having spent twenty years in the computer industry I re-trained for ministry in 1998 and after ordination in the Church of England in 2000 started parish ministry in a curacy post in the West Midlands. Ecumenism has always been important to me, my home church being an Anglican/Methodist LEP. Although technically an Anglican, I have led Church of England, Church in Wales, Presbyterian Church of Wales and Methodist churches. I currently combine my hospice ministry with leading four Methodist churches in South Cheshire.
Having completed an MSc in Interdisciplinary Palliative Care in 2012 I am developing my research interest in spiritual wellbeing tools and the personality type profiles of staff.
My interests outside work include skydiving, motorcycles, heavy metal and hill walking – and trying to work out a way of combining them all in one weekend!