Chaplaincy & Spirituality

Spiritual care is about making sure the whole human person is well – not just the body and mind. During times of illness we may feel anxious or distressed. Bereavement and loss come in many forms and at many stages of life. When painful things are happening to us we may lose sight of how valuable we are. One of the most important things our chaplains will do is listen to you, attentively, supportively and confidentially.

A faith or belief is very important to some people, and the chaplaincy will help you to follow your chosen faith, whatever that is, while you are in hospital, or you might want to return to a faith which once meant a lot to you.

We shall be guided by you as to what kind of support you would like from us. Mostly we support people individually, but we do have some regular and seasonal chapel services. Many of the patients we support claim no faith. We shall not try and change your beliefs.

Who do we help?

We are there for all the patients being looked after by our Trust; for their families, friends, carers and the staff of Somerset Partnership

Where can we meet?

Every week a chaplain visits each of the thirteen community hospitals and each of the in-patient mental health wards. If an urgent need arises we respond as quickly as we can from the team of ten chaplains based across the county. We are always looking at how we can better support patients and carers; we welcome your suggestions.

How can you contact us?

The best way to contact us is to ask a member of staff at the ward or clinic which you are attending. More details for each location can be found on the left of this page.

For general inquiries

For general enquiries please contact The Reverend Robin Pfaff, Co-Ordinating Chaplain, on 01749 836501 or e-mail him at robin.pfaff@sompar.nhs.uk.  You can also contact the Chaplaincy Administrator, William Newey, via email chaplains@sompar.nhs.uk.

Volunteer chaplains

In addition, the chaplains are supported by a team of trained volunteer chaplains.
We keep in touch with as many faiths and denominations in Somerset as we can, so that patients can be supported from their own tradition of faith where possible.