Meet the chaplaincy team

 

Reverend Linda Peall

Head of Chaplaincy

I work across Colchester Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Bluebird Lodge, Aldeburgh Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital and Felixstowe Hospital

I came into post as Head of Chaplaincy at ESNEFT in February 2020, having been a health care chaplain for 15 years, firstly in County Durham and then in Essex. I was ordained in the Church of England in 2002.

I am a registered chaplain with the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplains. I have a particular interest in palliative and end of life care, promoting good mental health, re-humanising healthcare, Schwartz Rounds and supporting our amazing but hard-pressed NHS staff.

I am married with one daughter. My early career was as a primary school teacher in Harlow, and I still love children’s picture books. My favourite picture book is “Hello Beaky!” by Jez Alborough.

I enjoy walking, photography, reading and watching films. My favourite walks are in the Peak District, taking in Kinder Scout, Mam Tor and the Great Ridge. I have a passion for all kinds of insects, and especially hoverflies, and share my photos on Flickr.

I take the story of St Melangell and the hare as my model for chaplaincy, and see the role of the chaplain as simply being there to offer support and shelter to everyone who receives or gives care in hospital.

It is really important to me that people know the chaplaincy team is here for absolutely everyone, for people of all faiths and beliefs, including people who do not think of themselves as being religious, and for all staff, patients, friends, relatives and carers.

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Allison Cline-Dean
Allison Cline-Dean

Mrs. Allison Cline-Dean

Lead Chaplain

Based out of Colchester General Hospital. Also working across Ipswich Hospital, Bluebird Lodge, Aldeburgh Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital and Felixstowe Hospital

When did you start working at the trust? 2016

 What do you cover? All wards.

Speciality:  Dementia

Where else have you worked?

  • Mid-Essex Hospital NHS Trust, Chelmsford
  • Pioneer Manor Long Term Care Facility, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • Laurentian & Memorial Hospital sites, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Where did you do your training: My chaplaincy training was at Laurentian Hospital, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (two units of Clinical Pastoral Education).  My theological and chaplaincy studies were taken at St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, St. Michael’s College, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales

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The Reverend Celia Cook
The Reverend Celia Cook

Reverend Celia Cook

Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy

Based out of Ipswich Hospital however, I also work across Colchester Hospital, Bluebird Lodge, Aldeburgh Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital, and Felixstowe Hospital

I have worked at ESNEFT since November 2018, prior to which I was a parish priest in Suffolk and Essex and a volunteer chaplain at the East Anglia Children’s Hospice in Ipswich. My theological training was through the Eastern Region Ministry Course.

I trained as an Occupational Therapist in 1992 and have worked in hospitals, social services, schools and psychiatric units.

As part of the Chaplaincy Team I am available to patients, relatives, staff and visitors offering support and care to anyone in need.

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Reverend Paul G Dempster

Chaplaincy

Based at Ipswich Hospital, I also work across Colchester Hospital, Bluebird Lodge, Aldeburgh Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital and Felixstowe Hospital

I originally hail from Scotland, but have lived in many beautiful parts of the UK over the years.
I trained as a minister and a social worker before obtaining a PhD on staff experiences of coping with death and dying and becoming an academic.

This journey brought me back full circle and I have now worked as a chaplain at a number of hospitals, supporting those of all faiths and beliefs.  Although mainly based at Ipswich, I can also be found at the other hospitals covered by the Trust.

I love my work, listening to and supporting patients, families/ friends and staff.
Feel free to say ‘Hi’ if you see me out and about.

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Reverend Doctor Matthew Ling PgCE

Chaplaincy

Based at Ipswich Hospital, I also work across Colchester Hospital, Bluebird Lodge, Aldeburgh Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital and Felixstowe Hospital

I am a Norfolk boy, who has lived in Suffolk for 25 years on and off (I support either Norwich or Ipswich depending on who I’m talking to!).

Originally trained as a chartered engineer, I went on to teach in further and higher education and then worked in local government. There I was a senior manager for a wide range of departments ranging from Environmental & Public Health to Building & Planning, Community Safety, and Emergency Planning.

I was ordained in 2014 with the Church of England and served as a Curate in Brantham and East Bergholt, carrying out hospital chaplaincy as part of that role. For the last couple of years my wife and I were vicars of an Anglican church in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I love visiting and listening to people, supporting patients, their visitors and staff.

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Keith Ponsford
Keith Ponsford

Reverend Keith Ponsford

Chaplaincy

Based at Colchester Hospital, I also work across Ipswich Hospital, Bluebird Lodge, Aldeburgh Hospital, Clacton Hospital, Harwich Hospital and Felixstowe Hospital.

I Started in December 2018 my first full time Healthcare chaplaincy role. Prior to this I have spent 30 years leading 5 different churches in various parts of the country including Sunderland and Guernsey as an ordained Elim minister.

Whilst leading Hope Baptist Church in Plymouth I also volunteered at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, and undertook training with Peninsula Initiative Community Chaplaincy providing holistic support for people in prison and then through the gate upon release, and during those first critical days, weeks and months.

I have a great interest in supporting the Palliative Care Team and their patients.

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Nichola Winter
Nichola Winter

Reverend Nichola Winter

Chaplaincy

Aldeburgh Hospital

I have worked as Chaplain at Aldeburgh Hospital for 13 years. The hospital has a small number of in-patient beds but also fulfills many other needs for the local community – physiotherapy, daycare centre, dialysis unit, X-ray clinic, chemotherapy clinic, dental care and other specialist clinics. Many of these save patients from having to make a long journey to Ipswich at a time when they may be feeling vulnerable. My role involves ‘being there’ for patients, relatives and staff. Regular services are held in the Day Centre, at which all are welcome. Bedside Holy Communion is available when needed. We have a Quiet Room for confidential conversation, ‘time out’ and where relatives can rest during prolonged periods of watching by the side of sick family members.

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