Gorleston hospital gets new lead chaplain
Rev Dr Alan Palmer has been appointed as the new lead chaplain at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
Dr Palmer has served 23 years as a minister, starting in a parish near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, then in Vancouver, Canade, then serving an ex-pat community in Belgium which included 26 different nationalities. He has combined his parish duties with teaching and training at universities and schools, and researching and authoring publications.
He has moved here from Ipswich Hospital, where he was deputy lead chaplain.
Dr Palmer, who lives in Lowestoft, wants to see a modern professional chaplaincy that fits the needs of the hospital and to ensure the service is as up-to-date and as relevant as possible – being multi-disciplinary and supportive. He also wants to develop the staff–focussed side of the role, both to provide resilience training for staff and to be available for anyone who wants to talk confidentially one to one.
He is also working on a research paper on compassion and connective leadership, looking at different models of leadership and the psychological aspects of compassion.
The hospital chapel is on the ground floor near to the lifts on the front corridor of the hospital near to the main entrance.
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The picture above of Dr Palmer is courtesy of James Paget University Hospital.
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