Chaplaincy

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Additional contact number - 0121 333 8527

Spiritual care is important for many people in hospital. Offering religious, pastoral and spiritual care, as well as being available just to listen, is the role of the Chaplaincy team.

The team is multi-faith (covering several religions) and is here to help children, their families, their wider community and hospital staff whether they belong to a particular religious group or not - this support is available 24 hours a day. The Chaplaincy office is on the first floor opposite PICU and the team is made up of chaplains from the following religions:

  • Christian (Church of England, Free Church, Roman Catholic)
  • Muslim
  • Sikh
  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Judaism

There is normally a Chaplain on-site between 8am and 4pm on weekdays and we are available on-call 24:7 for emergencies at other times via the ward staff or switchboard. We offer support to children, parents, wider family and friends and staff.

We have several places for quiet prayer and all can be found on the first floor of the main building, including:

  • Christian Chapel
  • Muslim Prayer Room
  • Multi-faith Quiet Room

Chaplains are available on the wards and units and can also be seen by appointment.  We have links with other religious groups, so if we do not have a chaplain from your faith group or tradition, we will do our best to contact someone for you.

If you would like to see a chaplain, please come to the office or in an emergency please ask your ward staff who will know how to contact us quickly.
We welcome any comments on the services we provide - if you have any feedback please contact paul.nash@bch.nhs.uk.

We are also here to support members of staff.  Do contact Kathryn.darby@bch.nhs.uk for more details of our support for individuals or groups.

Services

Services / prayers are held weekly. Timings can be found outside places of worship. These places of prayer are open 24 hours a day. The Chapel also has a children’s area. You are very welcome to ask us any questions or send us requests for prayers by contacting paul.nash@bch.nhs.uk.

Volunteering

 We have volunteers who visit our children, young people and their families during the daytime from Monday to Fridays. We also have volunteers who pray and offer hospitality in the chapel and help us with basic office support.  Others help us by making prayer blankets and prayer ropes for our children and their families (we welcome other creative contributions too) and everyone contributes to our Memorial Tree, shown to the right. Some people fundraise for us or help us with promotional work in churches, clubs or groups and there are opportunities to sponsor some of our resources and we also need help for particular mailings over the year.   

We are currently only recruiting for office volunteers. If you are interested in this please email paul.nash@bch.nhs.uk

Celebrate project

We celebrate regular religious and cultural events with our children and young people, their families and staff. If you would like to check what is coming up over the next few months, please check out the Multi-faith and Cultural Advisory Group notice boards which can be found all around the hospital. Please, contact emma.roberts@bch.nhs.uk for further details.

Activities

Our team has specialised in developing spiritual care activities for our children and young people, their families and our staff. If you would like one of the team to show you what we have to offer, please ask one of our team or contact Kathryn.darby@bch.nhs.uk

Bereavement pathway

We offer our bereaved families ongoing support with funerals, gift booklets, cards and events.

Watch our video to find out about our bereavement walk and picnic

If you are a bereaved family member of a child or young person who was treated at Birmingham Children's Hospital, please do contact us if you would like to attend one of the events or ask for a booklet for a sibling.  Do also look at the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network website which has four Christian books for children in Key Stage One narrated by Bear Grylls, including one for bereaved siblings.

Resources for other caring professionals

We have produced many multi-faith and spiritual care resources for our children and young people, their families and staff. Please visit Red Balloon Resources for a list and order form.  We also have a booklet available with ideas and resources including new hymns for the funerals of children and young people.  These cost £5 and are available from Red Balloon Resources

Chaplains may be interested in joining the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network (free), please find the details on their website.

In 2015, Jessica Kingsley published two books written by our Chaplaincy Team, one on religious care for children and young people from the perspective of six world faiths and the other on spiritual care. These are available to buy here. Senior Chaplain Paul Nash has written a book called Supporting Dying Children and Their Families (Christian focus) published by SPCK and available from major online booksellers. 

We also offer regular participation days where professionals can come and work alongside a Birmingham Children's Hospital Chaplaincy team member and see the ways in which we use spiritual care activities.  Contact paul.nash@bch.nhs.uk if interested. 
We run regular training days including the opportunity to study for accredited modules at level 4 or 7.  Contact paul.nash@bch.nhs.uk for more details.

Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care

The Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care exists to support and encourage the research and resourcing of multi-disciplinary spiritual care of sick children and young people of all ages and conditions, their families and to support staff who work with them.

The work of the Centre includes:

  • Research into children's spirituality
  • Creating resources for spiritual care
  • Training courses
  • Publishing articles and books
  • A regular blog

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