Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

1. What does the team do/what are they responsible for?

The Multi Faith Chaplaincy Team offers pastoral, emotional and spiritual support throughout the Trust. Staff can use the Chaplaincy Team as a resource to meet the religious and spiritual needs of patients, visitors and other staff members. The team is available to listen, to talk or to pray. Referrals to the team may be made during the day through the direct telephone number 68792, out of hours via Switchboard or though approaching a chaplain on the wards.

Training on the subjects of Best Practice in Spiritual Care, End of Life Care, Sage and Thyme, Bereavement Issues and support for the Equality and Diversity agenda are available from the department to include in divisional programmes of professional development.

The team also provides support to staff who have experienced difficult or emotionally demanding situations, and a safe place to express their concerns or feelings. Chaplaincy works alongside formal Staff Support in helping people deal with fear, stress and challenging events in the working environment.

Staff are welcome to use the dedicated prayer/quiet spaces within the hospitals and regular services of worship and prayer for different faiths and traditions are held. The Chaplain-Spiritual Care Department is based in the Multi-Faith Centre on the ground floor of the MRI. Here you will find a Multi-Faith Prayer Room and ablution facilities. The Centre is open from 7.00am to 10.00pm daily. There is an electronic notice board displaying all prayer and worship times. There are two additional small Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms in the Children’s Hospital, one on the ground floor opposite the Outpatients Department and one on the first floor near to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. There is a Multi Faith Prayer Room in the Dental Hospital on the first floor.

2. Who’s in the team?

Our team is made up of individuals from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith communities who are employed by the Trust or who volunteer their time. Our role is to care for the spiritual and pastoral needs of you, your family and friends for as long as you are in the care of this hospital. We work to a set of defined standards through which you may know what you can expect of us and through which we can measure our level of service.

Rev. Peter Gomm
Head of Chaplaincy
Rev. Neil Hepworth -
Deputy Chaplaincy Manager
Imam Siddiq Diwan
Muslim Chaplain
Rev. Christopher Brown
Church of England Chaplain
Rev. Jeremy Law
Church of England Chaplain
Rev. Sarah Brewerton
United Reform Church Chaplain
Rabbi Amir Ellituv
Jewish Chaplain
Fr. David Egan
Roman Catholic Chaplain
Sister Sheila Dixon
Roman Catholic Chaplain
Trevor Stables
Free Church Chaplain
Dawn Street
Team Secretary
Lily Lloyd
Chaplaincy Volunteer
Fr. David Ryder
Roman Catholic Chaplain

3. How do I contact the team?

Please email: or telephone 0161 276 8792.