New lead chaplain joins 'top-notch' team at hospital
27 January 2016
Last week the hospital welcomed the arrival of its new lead chaplain, reverend David Childs, a former parish priest in Essex and Oxfordshire and chaplain at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
As lead chaplain David joins what he calls a 'top-notch' team of
chaplains that is able to provide a 24-hour on-call service
ensuring somebody is always available day and night.
David said: "I may be the lead chaplain or the face of
chaplaincy but there's a really good team of people around me. It's
a privilege to be in a role where I meet people of every possible
outlook, background. You realise 'wow' humanity is exciting.
I'm also looking forward to getting to know the staff. If the
ones I've met so far are anything to go by, then there's some
really good friendships to be made out there and I'm really looking
forward to that."
David was quick to point out the similarities between his faith
and the trust's values: "For me, the values of the trust represent
my understanding of the Christian faith - treating people with the
utmost dignity, respect, honouring their differences, cherishing
them and treating their needs as the most important thing. That to
me is a reflection of my understanding of how to be a good
Part of being a good minister also means helping all people
whatever their spiritual, emotional and pastoral needs are. David
wants every person to be able to have the support of their own
faith whether they are Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish or any other
faith or belief system.
In the chaplaincy suite, there are a number of faith resources
which are available for patients and staff to borrow. These include
copies of the Bible, Christian prayer books, the Hebrew Bible, the
holy Quran and major texts of other religions.
"It's fundamentally important to honour a person's beliefs,"
David says, "and enable that to be their source of strength.
That's what really spurs me on."
Outside of work, David has many interests and passions such as
researching the Saxon and Norman history of the area, the music of
contemporary composers including the likes of Pierre Boulez and
David Bowie as well as everything in between. More recently, David
has even taken up swimming lessons.
"I'm a terrible swimmer," confesses David. "It's not going too
well but I'm really enjoying it. I'm not brave enough to go in the
sea just yet. Maybe it's a midlife crisis thing!"
Visit our chaplaincy department
page for more information.