THE Isle of Wight NHS Trust has appointed the Rev Kelvin Burke MTh as their new senior chaplain.
Mr Burke, based at St Mary's Hospital, is a former chaplain at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and joins an established team of Anglican, Freechurch and Roman Catholic chaplains to meet spiritual needs of patients, careers and staff across health services.
He said: "Our approach is to try to visit the majority of our patients offering a listening ear and supportive presence to those of all faiths and those of no faith.
"At a time of increased stress and trauma we hope to bring solace to those we meet."
Following the departure of Rev Gregory Clifton-Smith, who became canon of Winchester Cathedral in April, Mr Burke became acting senior chaplain.
Having been ordained in 1999, he was previously a vicar in Wakefield which included chaplaincy work in the mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Wakefield Hospice.
After his appointment at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK, he was promoted to senior chaplain in their new St James’ Institute of Oncology.
Prior to Church of England Ordination, Rev Burke was senior partner in a small firm of chartered accountants, an Isle of Wight NHS spokeswoman said.
He was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ten years after passing his professional Chartered Accountancy papers in 1980.
Mr Burke will continue as lead chaplain at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
He was disabled following a near fatal road traffic accident on Honister Pass in the Lake District in 1979 and moved to the Island with his wife Jennie, a music teacher at St Catherine’s, Ventnor and their daughters, Chloe, 18, Katie, 18, and Ellie, 14.