Photo caption: left to right, the Bishop of
Jarrow, Bishop Mark Bryant, Revd. Kevin Tromans, and Sue Jacques,
Chief Executive of CDDFT, at the licensing ceremony at the
University Hospital of North Durham.
The Reverend Kevin Tromans has been appointed as the new Lead
Chaplain at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
The appointment of Revd. Kevin Tromans, following the
retirement of Revd. Brian Selmes last September, was given official
church permission with a licensing ceremony conducted by the Bishop
of Jarrow, Bishop Mark Bryant, at the University Hospital of North
Originally from Bradford, Kevin taught in primary and
lower-secondary schools around the country before responding to a
lifelong calling to the priesthood. Ordained in 1994, Kevin worked
in parishes in West Yorkshire, and became increasingly involved in
hospital and healthcare ministry before joining the Trust in
"The chaplaincy team provides pastoral and spiritual
support to patients, relatives and all within the hospital
community," said Kevin. "Part of my new role as lead chaplain is to
raise awareness that we're here for everyone - patients, family and
friends and staff throughout a patient's time with us. Chaplains
care spiritually: listening and offering reassurance, encouraging
reconciliation, and providing specifically religious care when that
As well as the Lead Chaplain, the Trust employs one other
full time and four part time chaplains who cover the three main
hospital sites in Durham, Darlington and Bishop Auckland.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is
one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a
population of around 600,000 people across County Durham,
Darlington, North Yorkshire, the Tees Valley and South
Tyneside. The Trust brings together hospital, community
services and health and wellbeing services to provide high quality
and seamless care for patients.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community