The Rev Dr Derek Fraser is Lead Chaplain and bereavement care lead at Addenbrooke’s Hospital since 2001. He has developed the department to include a significant amount of staff support and patient care and become one of the leading centres of healthcare chaplaincy in the UK. He set up the innovative the bereavement care follow up service which has now been rolled out in many NHS hospitals as a model of quality care of patients. He is alternate vice chair of the Cambridge Central Research Ethics Committee and a member of the Clinical Ethics Forum.
He is a Senior Associate in the Cambridge Theological Federation and set up the MA in healthcare chaplaincy programme with its unique Pastoral relfectiver practice approach> He is a senior clinical tutor in the Clinical school of the University of Cambridge teaching across the curriculum in areas of communication and death and dying
Up until late last year he was chair of The UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC), which developed a register that has been officially accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This was a landmark in the development of healthcare chaplaincy in the UK since accreditation is like a quality mark and means patients can be assured that all UKBHC chaplains belong to a register that has been vetted by an independent statutory body accountable to Parliament.