Kettering General Hospital officially welcomed Rev Neil Tyrer as the Trust’s Lead Chaplain in a service held in the hospital’s Chapel of Peace last week.
The service was conducted by the Bishop of Brixworth, the Rt Revd John Holbrook, who officially licenced Neil to begin in his role.
Neil brings a wealth of experience to the role from his previous role at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton, where he worked as Head of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Service for over a decade.
Neil has been appointed to this new role to support both patients and staff of all faiths and no faith. He is also trained in mindfulness and stress reduction via the Oxfordshire Mindfulness Centre.
Neil Tyrer, the new Lead Chaplain at Kettering General Hospital, said:
“I am very excited to be the new Lead Chaplain at KGH.
Rev Phillip Staves has been so helpful in handing over the role to me – I can’t thank him enough – and it has meant I’ve been able to settle in very quickly.
I’m really looking forward to starting my role and having lots of opportunities to improve the patient and staff experience.
I aspire to bring hope, meaning and purpose to those I come in contact with, especially in times of need.”
The Rt Revd John Holbrook, the Bishop of Brixworth, said:
“Neil is one of the best.
I enjoyed working with him in his previous role where he had a strong track record and showed what a lovely human being he is.
As chaplains we have a key role in enabling the hospital to care for the whole person – I believe Neil will do this tremendously.”
Kettering General Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Leanne Hackshall, said:
“I am delighted that Neil has joined the team here at KGH.
The service today was a great opportunity to welcome Neil, and was an important step in his induction.
I know that Neil has the skills, expertise and experience needed to support our patients and staff in their holistic and spiritual care.”
Tell me more about yourself?
I live in Northampton and have worked at St Andrew’s Healthcare for many years. I’m excited to have this change and to join Team KGH!
Who are the most important people in your life?
I am very lucky to have a lovely family – my wife and two grown up girls. I am also very proud to have recently been made a grandfather for the first time – welcome to the world baby Gus!
What are your hobbies?
I love the great outdoors, and love holidaying all over the UK in a campervan or tent. I am also an avid football fan, supporting Liverpool FC.