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New Lead Chaplain for the Trust

Fr Kevin Tromain

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 Durham.

 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 1997.

 "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 is appropriate."

 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.

 

'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital