A church in Suffolk has recruited the region's first 'church nurse'. It joins a handful of parishes across the UK that have made similar appointments.
District nurse Jane Pears will work for the Maidstone Road Baptist Church offering spiritual, mental and physical care to people of all faiths and non-believers.
She is one of approximately half a dozen nurses who have been appointed in pilot parishes as part of a project called Parish Nursing Ministries. The pilots are in variety of denominational parishes including: Salvationist, Methodist, Independent, Pentecostal and Baptist churches
The nurses work anywhere between four and 28 hours a week, and are supervised by NHS community nurse managers.Some are paid by the church, while others work as volunteers.