Bute resident Raymond Deans says he is looking forward to developing his role as lead chaplain for the Argyll and Bute community health partnership.
Mr Deans was officially appointed in February and will be working in Dunoon, Helensburgh and Lochgilphead as well as on Bute.
His newly-expanded role follows his ten years working part-time as chaplain on Bute, alongside his role as deacon of the United Church of Bute, a post which came to an end in November 2013.
“This is a new venture and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in Campbeltown and Oban as we seek to develop the chaplaincy,” Mr Deans said.
“I have tried to establish a routine of visiting Dunoon on Monday, Bute on Tuesday, Helensburgh on Wednesday and Lochgilphead on Thursday and sometimes Friday as well. Not that this is a rigid list, but it should help staff to know when to expect me.
“As part of my work to develop the chaplaincy service, I am happy to meet with staff, patients and carers at any time and will be providing training on spiritual care to staff over the coming months and years.
“I would also like to develop chaplaincy visits for patients who are being cared for in their own homes and who might value a visit by the chaplain, even though they have not actually been in the hospital itself or have now been discharged.”
Mary Wilson, Allied Health Professional lead for the CHP, who will be managing the chaplaincy service, added: “I am delighted to welcome Raymond to his chaplaincy role and I look forward to working with him to raise the profile of the work our chaplains do across Argyll and Bute.
“Raymond is very experienced and extremely enthusiastic and I know that he is looking forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities of his new role.”