Hospitals and hospices are one of the first places many think of when Chaplains are mentioned. Places where the most fundamental needs of body and soul come into question. Places that sometimes need immediate and urgent intervention and where, at other moments, time can stand still.
For patients and their families they can be places of great uncertainty and fear; or healing and joy. For staff it's place of work, sometimes humdrum and repetitive and occasionally full of great stress.
In any of these situations, chaplains have the opportunity and privilege of ministering, bringing comfort, prayer, time and space to listen and help people reflect. Most institutions have a chapel set aside for prayer and quiet and where sacraments can be administered.
Alison has been Chaplain and Chaplaincy Team Leader for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust since 2004.
Her good service resulted in being honoured as the first Chaplain to be made a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral in 2015 and Bishops' Adviser on Healthcare Chaplaincy in 2019.