Chaplaincy and spirituality

Neil Tyrer, Head of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

“We believe that all people have a spiritual dimension, but not everyone would describe themselves as religious.”

Neil Tyrer, Head of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

We provide support to patients, their families, carers, friends and visitors.


We help staff to support everyone, no matter what their religion, belief, sexuality, culture or other personal characteristics.

Our multi-faith Chapaincy and Spiritual Care team provides services for patients day and night.

The team offers:

  • a listening ear in time of difficulty or crisis
  • space to talk about life and purpose
  • someone to explore spiritual questions with you
  • support to practise your faith or spiritual tradition
  • contact with representatives of faith communities
  • prayer support
  • pastoral counselling
  • help in bereavement.

If you would like to speak to our team you can contact them by phone or by asking switchboard to put you through to the Duty Chaplain. Our team are all qualified and accredited faith leaders from the Christian (Church of England, Roman Catholic and Free Churches), Muslim and Buddhist faiths. We arrange for visits with other faith representatives as required. The chaplains lead development of the Spiritual Needs Assessment Tool (SNAT) which helps patients to explore their beliefs and work to meet their religious and spiritual during recovery.



What is spirituality?

At some point everyone asks spiritual questions without knowing it…

  • What is my life all about?
  • Why is this happening?
  • Does my life have any purpose?
  • Do I sense hope for the future?

Our chaplains are available to give you time to think through these important questions of hope, meaning and purpose. They are here to offer support to people experiencing a difficult crisis and trying to make sense of those fundamental, existentialist questions of life and death.

"My spirituality is what gives me hope, meaning and purpose to carry on."


Multi-faith rooms

There are multi-faith rooms at all of our sites. They are available to individuals or groups for prayer, meditation, quietness or reflection. You will find religious texts and resources from some of the world faiths, like the Bible and Quran, in each multi-faith room.


The St Andrew's Chapel

St Andrew’s Chapel in Northampton was built in 1863. It is open every day from 9am to 4.30pm for quietness, reflection and prayer. Everyone is welcome to the Christian Sunday morning worship at 10.15am. There is a Roman Catholic service every Wednesday at 11am. The Chapel is also used for events for patients and staff.


Faith communities and traditions

This image shows the St Andrew's chaplaincy teamWe are able to arrange for patients to see representatives from many of the major world faiths, including Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Jehovah’s Witness, Pagan, Rastafarian and Afro-Caribbean religious traditions.


Training and research

St Andrew’s Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team also aims to help other professionals (clinical and non-clinical) through teaching, conferences, training, research and publishing. This is mostly delivered through our membership of the College of Health Care Chaplains (CHCC), the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) and developing partnerships with faith communities, leading teaching providers, researchers and practitioners.



There has been a Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team at St Andrew’s for over 175 years. Historically the chaplain was a senior Church of England priest, recognised as an expert in the care of the mentally ill and responsible for ensuring daily ward services and Sunday Chapel worship. In 1838 probably most people at St Andrew’s would have referred to themselves as Christian or simply ‘C of E’. Today, however, the multi faith Chaplaincy team aims to meet the spiritual, religious and pastoral care needs of service users, staff, relatives and visitors of all religions and none.