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.
“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
18 ED Pastors engage with over 500 people over a 6-month period including; patients, relatives of patients, and NHS staff.
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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.
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ED Pastors is an initiative of a St Philip's Church a registered charity in England and Wales, no. 1161810.