Kettering General Hospital has officially welcomed Revd Neil Tyrer as its Lead Chaplain, in a service held in the hospital’s Chapel of Peace.
The service was conducted by the Bishop of Brixworth, the Rt Revd John Holbrook, who officially licenced Neil to begin in his role.
Neil brings a wealth of experience to the role from his previous role at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton, where he worked as Head of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Service for over a decade.
He has been appointed to this new role to support both patients and staff of all faiths and no faith. He is also trained in mindfulness and stress reduction via the Oxfordshire Mindfulness Centre.
“I am very excited to be the new Lead Chaplain at KGH. Rev Phillip Staves has been so helpful in handing over the role to me – I can’t thank him enough – and it has meant I’ve been able to settle in very quickly.
I’m really looking forward to starting my role and having lots of opportunities to improve the patient and staff experience.
I aspire to bring hope, meaning and purpose to those I come in contact with, especially in times of need.”
The Rt Revd John Holbrook, the Bishop of Brixworth, said:
“Neil is one of the best. I enjoyed working with him in his previous role, where he had a strong track record and showed what a lovely human being he is.
As chaplains we have a key role in enabling the hospital to care for the whole person – I believe Neil will do this tremendously.”
Kettering General Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Leanne Hackshall, said:
“I am delighted that Neil has joined the team here at KGH.
The service today was a great opportunity to welcome Neil, and was an important step in his induction.
I know that Neil has the skills, expertise and experience needed to support our patients and staff in their holistic and spiritual care.”