EMAS Chaplain Press Release

East Midland’s Ambulance Service have apppointed their very own ‘home grown’chaplain, the Revd Kevin Charles, whose team will provide a Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care support service to every single member of staff.

Kevin (56) has worked for the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and the former Nottinghamshire Ambulance Service since 1980. He began his career as an Ambulance Man and then progressed through the ranks of Paramedic, Team Leader, Station Manager and Operational Manager.

“Whilst still in full time employment with EMAS, I also undertook training to become a Lay Reader in the Church of England in 2004,” says Kevin. “I became Ordained in 2011, was made a Priest in 2012 and have served my Curacy in the Parish of Annesley with Newstead. In 2014, I began Chaplaincy duties within EMAS at the request of Chief Executive, Sue Noyes, and in February this year I took up the post substantively. However I am still a registered paramedic and respond when required.”

The new position within EMAS is thought to be unique within any ambulance service in England.

“I originally took up the position with both excitement and trepidation as I started with a completely ‘blank sheet’ regarding in-house chaplaincy but my first priority was to introduce and build up staff support networks,” adds Kevin. “My role as Professional Head of the Chaplaincy and Staff Support Network currently comprises Pastoral Care Workers and Peer 2 Peer support workers, and will lead in due course to becoming a multi-faith and ecumenical team providing a professional, confidential, flexible and responsive service of pastoral, religious and spiritual care to the staff of the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

“One of the main reasons that I am taking on this role is the ever increasing demands placed on all ambulance staff in both support and front line services. These demands are creating huge amounts of stress levels for people and therefore I am able to not only use my own experiences within this role but I also feel that God is placing me in this position to lead in caring for the carers.”

The Revd Kevin Charles will be licensed by acting Bishop Richard Inwood at 7.30pm on 19th May at St Wilfrid’s Church, Kirkby in Ashfield.

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