Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is welcoming a new four-legged friend to offer a different kind of support to staff whilst they are at work.
His official title is Staff Support Chaplain, and he’s already leant a helping paw by joining Allied Health Professional’s on a weekly wellbeing walk and sitting in on job interviews.
💕 Our new furry friend, Tandal, is already opening up conversations between staff.
He joins us as a Staff Support Chaplain to help staff unwind.
— Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (@boltonnhsft) September 8, 2022
Over the past few weeks, Tandal has also spent time getting used to the sights, smells and sounds of a busy hospital environment, as well as developing his skills and experience in a dementia care home.
Reverend Catherine Binns, Deputy Head Hospital Chaplain, said:
All of our staff work incredibly hard, sometimes in challenging circumstances, so it’s important to find different ways to let them unwind.
“Our furry friends are known for their ability to ease stress and anxiety and providing a much needed break from their busy workdays.
I’ve been a Chaplain at the Trust for seven years and the reaction Tandal gets is completely different, he has a special ability to get staff to stop and start conversations with one another.
“There has been a really positive energy when I have walked with him up and down the corridors, and I know he will continue to put a smile on people’s faces.
In the coming weeks Tandal will be assessed through the charity Pets As Therapy to also volunteer in other spaces across Bolton, such as care homes and schools, as well as his work as new therapy dog at Royal Bolton Hospital.