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Jodie Cotterell


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After many years of delivering clinical care to adults and children in various NHS trusts I decided the time had come to give up a well-paid job and embark as a mature student on a degree course with MCYM as working with young people is where I feel I need to be. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work, study and grow professionally at college and on placement as a Youth Worker in the Chaplaincy team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) which has been one of the most adventurous and liberating chapters of my career so far.
My day to day role in hospital is to offer activities that encourage spiritual reflection and intervention and to record and audit the spiritual care encounters. Since beginning my placement in September with the learning content delivered through college I have been able to identify ways in which spirituality may be impacted by illness and young people being hospitalised. I do this at the bedside of patients and work in specialist ward areas across the hospital. I have supported existing links with the onsite school and play department supporting young people’s big life questions through informal education and play activities.
My placement at the hospital and MCYM complement each other, both helping me develop academically and in confidence as well as equipping me with sound theological thinking. Learning how to apply this to my professional practice I have really valued the practical learning delivered by MCYM and have found the teaching structure and environment to be of a high standard.
I’m enjoying the diversity the hospital placement has brought me and feel inspired daily by the chaplaincy team and teaching staff at MCYM. I always look forward to attending lectures feeling empowered to learn more, and I feel I will forever be in debt to the staff at CYM for their support, expertise, and humour.