Spiritual health care (chaplaincy)

Support for people of all faiths and none

We're here for everyone

Guy's and St Thomas' chaplains release doves together.

The department of spiritual health care supports people of all faiths and beliefs, as well as people who do not have a particular religious belief but who would like someone to talk to. We have chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers who represent many denominations, faiths and beliefs, including:

  • Buddhist
  • Christian (Church of England, Free Church, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal)
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Jain
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Sikh

We provide a 24/7 generic service that is confidential and open to our patients, their relatives and our staff. We will try to find a faith or belief specific chaplain if we can.

For more information about how to contact us and use our service, please see the Patients tab

What we do

Chaplaincy volunteers

Our chaplaincy volunteers represent faith or belief communities providing a valuable service in several ways, including:

  • visiting inpatients on wards
  • providing eucharistic ministry
  • helping with simulation training for trainees
  • sitting by the bedside of palliative patients
  • serving tea and cake for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) parents.

Training

Foundational chaplaincy course

This course covers basic chaplaincy skills and is useful for those wishing to start a career in chaplaincy and also equips people with the foundational knowledge to become a chaplain or a chaplaincy volunteer within the department of spiritual health care.     

If you are interested in our foundational chaplaincy, please email nana.kyei-baffour@gstt.nhs.uk.

Postgraduate studies

In addition to the foundational chaplaincy course we also offer a one year, postgraduate certificate in health care chaplaincy (PGCert) course as well as a one year PGCert in spiritual health care, both with London South Bank University. Trainee chaplains represent and are accountable to a faith or belief community recognised by the UKBHCC. The training programme includes lectures, seminars, pastoral practice and supervision and gives trainee chaplains the opportunity to gain valuable experience and insight while learning from professional chaplains in Guy's and St Thomas' award-winning department of spiritual health care. In 2018, our team received a CARE Award recipient and were a "Lammy Award Runner Up".
 
If you are interested in one of our Postgraduate Certificate courses, please email nana.kyei-baffour@gstt.nhs.uk.

Fire Chaplaincy for London Fire Brigade (LFB)

The Guy's and St Thomas' Department of Spiritual Health Care is also the sole provider of chaplaincy services to the London Fire Brigade.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting and fulfilling ministry please contact us: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

All LFB chaplains will need to undertake the foundational chaplaincy course.

Disaster chaplaincy

Disaster chaplaincy is a new initiative for the team and only called in times of extreme circumstances. Being situated in central London we have needed to be an effective team responding to major terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge and disasters such as the Grenfell fire tragedy. Such events have impacted individuals and the Trust and have required the department to provide support to patients and their families in our hospitals and in the community at times of distress and personal need – when care and compassion is needed most.

All disaster chaplains will need to undertake the foundational chaplaincy course.

St Thomas' Chapel

Chapel at St Thomas' Hospital

In February 2016, The Chapel at St Thomas’ Hospital reopened after months of painstaking renovation work.

The restoration work has preserved the Grade II listed chapel’s unique features, some of which date back to 1870, when it first opened.

The painting Madonna and Child by British artist Jason Brooks has been a focal point of the Chapel since 2005.

Madonna and Child by Jason Brooks

It was kept safely in storage while the works took place, and it is now available to enjoy in its restored surroundings. Tucked away in a corner for quiet reflection, Brooks’ contemporary painting is a take on the classic representation of Mary and baby Jesus. It was modelled on an unknown woman and Brooks’ own daughter, who was born at St Thomas’. Brooks spoke to many users of the chapel as he approached the task and took several months to complete the ‘hyper-realistic’ portrait.

The painting was commissioned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and is part of its large fine arts collection which is used to enhance our hospitals and community sites. 

 

Contacts

Tel: 020 7188 5588

Email: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

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