ED Pastors - Adding value to the NHS

ED Pastors works in partnership with local NHS Trusts. ED Pastor volunteers are trained listeners from local churches who provide pastoral and spiritual care. 


Qualitative research on the ED Pastors project has shown evidence of added value to the volunteers, staff and service users, as well as the wider NHS (Louise Yaull, 2016). 


There is also evidence to suggest that practical support for staff enables some freeing up of time to engage with clinical tasks and create healthy boundaries, adding economic value to the NHS.

Studies reveal that ED Pastors help fill unmet holistic needs of service users by offering a listening ear and hospitality.


What people have to say about us

“I’m an Atheist and I think that the ED Pastors are fantastic” 

 “They are a valuable part of the team in supporting patients.  Also, a friendly and listening ear for staff during times of high pressure. Would love to have them all the time.”  

 “The ED Pastors are the best thing that has ever happened to this department”  

 “An ED pastor had been spending time with a disruptive alcoholic patient prior to my assessment, by the time I came to do my assessment the patient was calm and focussed.  It really sped up my assessment! “- ED Consultant  

ED Pastors - as featured by Cinnamon Network

"Faith communities are able to sustain the sort of provision that would go alongside existing services...that would go way beyond pots of funding"


18 ED Pastors engage with over 500 people over a 6-month period including; patients, relatives of patients, and NHS staff.

The Research

If you interested in the research that has gone in to ED Pastors the please download any of the following:

The Church’s Impact on Health and Care (Summary 12-page booklet) HERE  

The article version (8,000 words) HERE  

Full research report (39,000 words) HERE  

A report about the research in The Guardian (30/05/18) HERE  

All of the press cuttings and articles HERE

Contact Us

The ED Pastors are now well established in Sheffield and with joint acclaim from NHS staff, local churches and chaplaincy service. 

The project is in the process of undergoing evaluation and being replicated across the U.K.

If you would like to know more then please complete the contact form below:


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ED Pastors is an initiative of a St Philip's Church a registered charity in England and Wales, no. 1161810.