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Norfolk nurse to become community trust's new chaplain

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A palliative care nurse has taken on a new role as a chaplain at a community health trust in Norfolk.

Helen Garrard, who was ordained as a Church of England priest in 2012, starts her new job at Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust on Monday 6 October.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting patients in their own homes in my time as a nurse”

Helen Garrard

She takes up the chaplaincy post having spent 12 years working for the trust, including nine years as a community specialist palliative care nurse.

She will be based at the Colman Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services and the Mulberry Unit at Norwich Community Hospital and will also support chaplains working at the trust’s other community hospitals.

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Helen Garrard

“For many years I have had a dual career in both nursing and ministry,” said Ms Garrard, who will continue working as a bank nurse for the trust.

“It is a great privilege for me that my work in healthcare and spiritual care should now come together and allow me to begin this new chapter in my career,” she said.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity of meeting patients in their own homes in my time as a nurse, as well as working with the primary care team to enable them to receive care in their place of choice, meeting their care priorities and supporting family members,” she added.

Tracey Dryhurst, manager of the trust’s psychological team, welcomed the appointment.

“Helen brings with her a wealth of nursing experience,” she said. “The opportunity to combine this with her spiritual and religious work will no doubt enrich the service.”

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