Meet the Centre team

Revd Paul Nash

Paul Nash Paul has worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital since 2002 and has been the Senior Chaplain since 2004 managing our multi-faith team with specialisms in spiritual care with children, multi-faith bereavement care and staff support.

Paul is the chair of our Multi-Faith And Cultural Advisory group, the Multi-Disciplinary Spiritual Care Working Group and the Director of Red Balloon Resources which publishes in the fields of religious and spiritual care in relation to paediatric daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care. He is also a member of the Chaplaincy Services Advisory Committee for the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.

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Revd Dr Sally Nash

Sally Nash

Sally is the research lead for the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care and manages the relationship with our academic partners for accredited training. Sally is a qualified Higher Education teacher and research supervisor and has published on youth spirituality, youth work, reflective practice and a range of other topics.  She supervises and examines postgraduate dissertations doctorates in the area of work with children and young people, chaplaincy and spiritual care and mentors people in academic writing as well as editing all of our publications.  

Outside of work Sally enjoys playing golf and has played for the Church of England, supporting Spurs, watching other sport, blogging and walking - preferably by the sea.

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please add the attached document and change final paragraph and call documents Chaplaincy Standards for work with Children and Young People


Collaboration is one of our core values and we would welcome working in partnership with individuals, hospitals, hospices, organisations, and universities in writing, research and training.

If you interested in working with us please contact us.

We are interested in partnering with other organisations and we will also post requests for partners we are looking for.

One of our recent collaborations is with CYM in developing standards for chaplains working with children and young people and CPSC were involved in designing and commending the standards and in fundraising for the project.

Chaplaincy Standards Booklet pdf] 6MB


Reference Group

Our reference group use their experience and knowledge to advise the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care. Members are:

Mark Bartel, M.Div, BCC: Mark is the Chaplain Manager at Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando, Florida.

Lorraine Beddard: Lorraine is a qualified Registered Children's Nurse, with a first degree in dimensions in healthcare and studied 'Care of Teenagers and Young Adult's' at Masters Level. Her current role is a Specialist Nurse supporting Teenage and Young Adult Patients diagnosed with cancer aged 15-25 years in both Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. She has a special interest in spiritual care of patients and the patients network - family/friends/partner and has studied Spirituality at Masters level. Lorraine is a trained facilitator delivering 'Opening the Spiritual Gate' training to clinical staff within RD&E trust.

Ross Bryson MB ChB DCH DRCOG FRCGP: Ross is a General Practitioner who has a special interest in community child health and whole person healthcare. He has researched and developed services which offer spiritual care to patients in General Practice. He has a service-user insight into the importance of paediatric spiritual care having had a child with a malignancy and residual disabilities who then died as a young adult.

Daniel H. Grossoehme, DMin, MS: Daniel is a board-certified chaplain with more than 20 years in paediatric hospital chaplaincy, with clinical foci in trauma/burns/critical care, adolescent mental health, and cystic fibrosis. He is also research faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and focuses on the role of spirituality and religion in paediatric health care.

Dr Emily Harrop: Dr Harrop is a Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care at Helen and Douglas House Hospices in Oxford.

Dr Abigail Macleod: Dr Macleod is an associate specialist paediatrician with special interest in oncology at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Jo Matthews: After losing her brave son Wilfred to a rare genetic growth disorder, Jo has sought to continue to support those that helped and cared for them. She is an experienced primary school teacher and qualified community first responder with a keen interest in sports and baking.

Dr Rebecca Nye: Dr Nye is a researcher, author and trainer in children's spirituality. She is also a lecturer in child psychology and childhood studies. Her work draws on both psychological and theological perspectives and is particularly engaged with the theory and practice of Godly Play.

Professor Wilf McSherry: Prof McSherry is the Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People at Staffordshire University. He has more than 20 years of experience working as a nurse within the National Health Service and teaching on programmes of nursing and allied health professions within the higher education sector. Wilf has a keen interest in the measurement of spirituality and dignity in care having designed tools to aid researchers and practitioners to evaluate these concepts.

Professor Alistair Ross: Prof Ross is Associate Professor of Psychotherapy, Director of Psychodynamic Studies and Dean of Kellogg College, Oxford University. He is also an associate member of the theology faculty at Oxford. His former career was being a Minister of Religion and pastoral theologian.