Published on Wednesday 05 April 2017
Reverend Andrew Scaife has retired from our Trust after more than 20 years of service across both Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals.
Andrew was a vicar in a parish in Liverpool before coming to work for the Trust, leading the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Team in 1996.
In his early years he went to school in York and later attended Oxford University to study classics. He took a year out, working as a hotel porter for a few weeks then went to Kenya, to teach in a bush school.
On returning to Oxford University he attended Theological College, which he felt was his calling. He was ordained at the age of 26. Starting as a trainee vicar in Everton from 1977 to 1980, he later went on to work in Chinatown in Liverpool from 1980 to 1985 and then was based in a Litherland parish from 1985 to 1996 before joining the Trust.
During his years at the Trust he has led a team, which provides pastoral, spiritual and religious care for patients, relatives or staff, also has an on-call rota with someone available out of hours if a patient or family needs support. Both Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals have chapels which are open to patients and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Andrew and his wife have five children along with nine grandchildren. On his retirement Andrew plans to continue supporting church youth workers in the local community and spending more time on his photography.
He said: “The 20 years have flown by and they have been really wonderful years. It has been great to be part of this organisation. I hope that Chaplaincy and spiritual care will always be a part of the NHS
“It has been a privilege to lead two brilliant teams with the chaplains and the volunteers. I would like to say a big thank you to them.
“It has been a great experience helping patients and their families in their time of need. It is a real privilege to be able to help someone on their journey in the hospital. I’m very thankful to the NHS for enabling me to have done this role.”
A presentation was held at Arrowe Park Hospital to mark Andrew’s retirement and thank him for his many years of service. He was presented with a special certificate and gift by Trust Chairman Michael Carr.
Chairman Michael Carr said: “Over the past 20 years the service has gone from strength to strength under Andrew’s leadership. Patients and staff really value the service and its volunteers.
“Countless patients, families and staff have benefitted from his work and that of his team, especially in regards to End of Life Care. This is to Andrew’s absolute credit and I would like to say a tremendous thank you. We have been very fortunate to have had his service and although we are sad to lose him, I would really like to wish Andrew a very happy retirement.”