Spiritual career opportunities at St Andrew's

Our multi-faith Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team is there to meet the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of our patients, staff, relatives and visitors. We provide a 24/7 service across all four St Andrew's sites.

Patients are at the heart of what we do, and our chaplains have a spiritual calling to care for, support, encourage, nurture and provide for the spiritual and religious needs of the most marginalised within society.

We respect and rejoice in diversity and difference. Chaplains support individual and corporate wellbeing through visiting, empathic listening, pastoral counselling, end of life care, bereavement counselling and, if appropriate, through particular rituals of the faith community to which a person belongs.

Our chaplains are also involved in the education of others through the work of the St Andrew’s Centre for the Study of Spirituality and Mental Healthcare, Training and Research. The centre’s aim is to become recognised as a national hub for the training of healthcare professionals in spiritual, religious and pastoral care.

Roles for chaplains

Currently we employ chaplains under the following four bands.

  • Assistant chaplain (band 5; graduate level)
  • Chaplain (band 6; equivalent to postgraduate diploma level)
  • Lead/specialist chaplain (band 7; master's degree level)
  • Head of service (equivalent to band 8 under NHS Agenda for Change pay rates or senior management level)

We expect candidates to be able to demonstrate competencies in pastoral care through experience in a ministry role.

Your first year with us

If you are joining St Andrew’s at entry grade level, your first year will be your ‘foundation year’ and you will be expected to complete sufficient modules to equate to a postgraduate certificate, one of which will be in reflective practice.

For higher level posts, chaplains will need to demonstrate that they have acquired additional specialist knowledge and skills; for example, skills equivalent to a master’s degree for band 7 posts. You can download more information on our career pathway from this page.

Chaplains will need to familiarise themselves with relevant policies and procedures. You will be expected to make a positive contribution to the team and to your own professional development. In return, you will be supported by an empowering team culture that treats everyone with care, justice and respect. We also have great fun and practise irreverence weekly!

You will be expected to be a member of the College of Health Care Chaplains and the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy.