Meet the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team

Key members of the Chaplaincy and spiritual care team at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) include:

Jim Linthicum
Jim Linthicum
Senior Chaplain (Anglican - Church of England)

Jim grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, USA where he was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1981.In 1992 he moved to England and served his first full-time healthcare chaplaincy post at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. Ordained into the Church of England in 2001, Jim has been chaplain to the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998-2006 when he took up his post as Senior Chaplain at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Jim's particular areas of interest are in spiritual assessment, the spirituality of children, medical ethics and the role of research to create clearer understandings of, and methods for, delivering spiritual care in the healthcare setting, specifically in respect to the needs of families and carers of patients with healthcare needs. Jim is in the hospital every weekday.


Dorothy Moore Brooks
Dorothy Moore Brooks
Deputy Senior Chaplain (Anglican - Church of England)

Dorothy was ordained in 1998 in the Diocese of London and has spent most of her ministry in healthcare chaplaincy, gaining a a postgraduate certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy in 2006. After working in the chaplaincy team at GOSH from 2002-2008, Dorothy spent two years as a chaplain in an adult hospice in Hertfordshire.

Dorothy returned to GOSH in 2010 and her main focus is supporting patients and families in the cardiac and respiratory wards, becoming Deputy Team Leader in 2013. As well as her chaplaincy work, she is an associate priest in a parish in Buckinghamshire. Dorothy's usual working days are everyday except Fridays.


Penny Sherrington
Penny Sherrington
Chaplain (Anglican - Church of England)

Penny joined the GOSH chaplaincy team in 2003. She was previously a nursery nurse. Penny’s chaplaincy experience includes many years as a volunteer chaplain in both East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and The Marie Curie Hospice in Caterham.

Penny has a BA in Applied Christian Theology and has recently been ordained as a priest in the Church of England. Penny combines her role as Chaplain at GOSH with her work as a Curate in Godstone, Surrey. Her main focus at GOSH is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the bone marrow transplant wards.

Penny works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and alternate Thursdays.


Rabbi Jonathan Wittenburg 
Chaplain (Jewish)

Jonathan has been the full-time rabbi of the New North London Synagogue since 1987 and has been a member of the GOSH chaplaincy team since 2005. He trained for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College, London and in Jerusalem.

Jonathan was previously the co-ordinator of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at the North London Hospice. He has a special interest in both the literary and the pastoral sides of the rabbinate and has written extensively on Jewish traditions in bereavement and on the festivals. He provides consultancy to our team as needed.


Fatima Kassam
Fatima Kassam
C
haplain (Muslim)

Fatima was appointed as the first Muslim female chaplain at GOSH in 2009. She is available to support Muslim patients and families with their spiritual and religious needs. Along with the other Muslim chaplains, she visits all wards in the hospital. Fatima is also a trained community nurse.

Fatima is proficient in Gujurati, Urdu, Kiswahili and Kutchi, and her usual working days are Tuesdays and Fridays.


Romana Kazmi
Romana Kazmi
Chaplain (Muslim)

Romana combines her work at GOSH with working for the Muslim community as a female spiritual facilitator and as an Islamic counsellor. As well as her work at GOSH, Romana is a chaplain at Kings College London.
She works across the hospital to support Muslim families. Romana is proficient in Gujurati, Urdu and Punjabi.

Romana's usual working days are everyday except Friday.


Anne Marie O'Riordan
Anne Marie O'Riordan
Chaplain (Roman Catholic)

Anne Marie is currently in the hospital on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She is available to all Roman Catholic families, patients and staff and is a point of contact for any sacramental requests. She also oversees a 24/7 rota of Roman Catholic priests. Anne Marie is currently studying for an MA in Christian Spirituality at Heythrop College. She usually works on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.


Michele Massing
Michele Massing
Jewish Volunteer Lay Chaplain

Michelle comes to the hospital once a week to support Jewish patients, families and staff.


Vivien Freeman
Vivien Freeman
Jewish Volunteer Lay Chaplain

Vivien comes to the hospital once a week to support Jewish patients, families and staff.


Alan Wilkinson
Rabbi Alan Wilkinson
Jewish Honorary Chaplain

Rabbi Alan is here once week and can be consulted on any matters which need rabbinical advice or support. He is also available for advising staff on cultural and religious issues for Jewish families.


Sister Rachel O'Riordan
Sister Rachel O'Riordan
Volunteer Roman Catholic Chaplain

Sister Rachel is a member of the Servite Order and has a healthcare background. She supports our RC families and the chaplaincy team on Mondays and Wednesdays.


Michal Pastuszka
Michal Pastuszka
Roman Catholic Student Chaplain

Michal is a seminarian at Allen Hall in London and originates from Poland. He supports the work of the RC chaplains one afternoon a week.