Chaplaincies working together

5 February 2021

During the first wave of the pandemic, former NHS staff were asked to return to work. Canon Darren Thornton, one of the University of East Anglia Chaplains and Rector of St Giles on the Hill, offered to help the Chaplaincy at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The NNUH and UEA Chaplaincies working together during this pandemic has been another way in which a ‘partnership’ has been formed between the Hospital and the University. It has shown how different Chaplaincy Departments can come and work together in times of crisis and need.

Adrian Woodbridge, Lead Chaplain at the NNUH writes:

“It has been great to have Darren working with the team and it has meant we are able to sustain a continuity of service while we have had a depleted team. Working together with Darren and UEA has also lead to a greater understanding of the each other’s roles and organisations, I hope this opens the door for further partnership in the future so that out of adversity will come new ways of working.”

Darren is not new to the Hospital Trust. He was part of the Chaplaincy twenty years ago at the old Hospital site and was part of the team that planned for the new Chapel and Chaplaincy service.

Darren writes:

“It’s good to be back helping this amazing Hospital Chaplaincy team and meeting so many wonderful and dedicated staff. I’m loving being at the Hospital but keep looking across to the University which you can see from the ward corridors and wonder when we may return. It’s also been great to see so many UEA Medical students on placements and at work and make that connection with my role at the UEA.”

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