Meet the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care team

Rev Paul Nash

Paul has worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 2002 and has been the Senior Chaplain since 2004 managing our multi faith team with specialisms in spiritual care with children, multi faith bereavement care and staff support.

Paul  is the chair for our Multi Faith And Cultural Advisory group and the Multi-Disciplinary Spiritual Care Working Group and the Director of Red Balloon Resources which publishes in the fields of religious and spiritual care in relation to paediatric daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care. He is also a member of the Chaplaincy Services Advisory Committee for the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. 



Supporting Dying Children and their Families: A Handbook for Christian Ministry (SPCK 2011),
Working with children and young people; Good practice guidelines for Healthcare chaplains (Editor, RBR 2013)
Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families and Spiritual care with sick children and Young People (JKP 2015).

Revd Dr Sally Nash

Revd Dr Sally Nash is Director of Research for the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care.  She lectures in work with children and young people and practical theology at Midlands CYM based at St John’s College Nottingham.  Sally is a qualified Higher Education teacher and research supervisor and has published on youth spirituality, youth work, reflective practice and a range of other topics (see

Outside of work Sally enjoys playing golf and has played for the Church of England, supporting Spurs, blogging and walking - preferably by the sea.  Sally and Paul blog at



Skills for Collaborative Ministry with colleagues Jo Pimlott and Paul Nash (SPCK 2008)
Tools for Reflective Ministry with Paul Nash (SPCK 2010)
Youth Ministry: a multifaceted approach (editor) (SPCK 2012) 

Sally and Jo Whitehead have edited Christian Youth Work in Theory and Practice with an international group of authors for SCM.  Sally also co-authored the Faith of Generation Y, a range of Grove Booklets and various peer reviewed journal articles.


Emma Roberts

Emma joined Birmingham Children's Hospital after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a Masters in Global Ethics. She worked as an intern in the Corporate Nursing department before joining the Chaplaincy team as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant.



Reference Group

Our reference group use their experience and knowledge  to advise the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care. Members are:

Mark Bartel, M.Div, BCC

Mark Bartel is the Chaplain Manager at Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.

Lorraine Beddard

I am a qualified Registered Childrens Nurse, have a first degree in dimensions in healthcare and studied 'Care of Teenagers and Young Adult's' at Masters Level. My current role is a Specialist Nurse supporting Teenage and Young Adult Patients diagnosed with cancer aged 15-25 years in both Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton. I have a special interest in spiritual care of patients and the patients network -family/friends/partner, I have studied Spirituality at Masters level. I am a trained facilitator delivering 'Opening the Spirtiual Gate' training to clinical staff within RD&E trust.


Ross is a General Practitioner who has a special interest in community child health and whole person healthcare. He has researched and developed services which offer spiritual care to patients in General Practice. He has a service-user insight into the importance of paediatric spiritual care having had a child with a malignancy and residual disabilities who then died as a young adult.

Daniel H. Grossoehme, DMin, MS

Daniel is a board certified chaplain with over 20 years in pediatric hospital chaplaincy, with clinical foci in trauma/burn/critical care, adolescent mental health, and cystic fibrosis. He is also research faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and focuses on the role of spirituality and religion in pediatric health care.

Dr Emily Harrop

Dr Emily Harrop is a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen and Douglas House Hospices in Oxford

Dr Abigail Macleod

Dr Abigail Macleod is an associate specialist paediatrician with special interest in oncology at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Jo Matthews

"After losing our brave son Wilfred to a rare genetic growth disorder a year ago, I have sought to continue to support those that helped and cared for us at this wonderful hospital. I am an experienced Primary school teacher and qualified Community First Responder with a keen interest in all sports and baking."

Dr Rebecca Nye

Dr Rebecca Nye is a researcher, author and trainer in children's spirituality. She is also a lecturer in child pscyhology and childhood studies. Her work draws on both psychological and theological perspectives, and is particularly engaged with the theory and practice of Godly Play.

Professor Wilf McSherry

Wilf McSherry is the Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People at Staffordshire University. He has over 20 years experience working as a nurse within the National Health Service and teaching on programmes of nursing and allied health professions within the Higher Education Sectore. Wilf has a keen interest in the measurement of spirituality and dignity in care having designed tools to aid researchers and practitioners to evaluation these concepts. 

Professor Alistair Ross

Alistair Ross is Associate Professor of Psychotherapy, Director of Psychodynamic Studies and Dean of Kellogg College, Oxford University. He is also an associate member of the theology faculty at Oxford. His former career was being a Minister of Religion and pastoral theologian.

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