How can St Luke’s help?
St Luke’s provides psychological healthcare through its network of honorary consultants. They provide their time free of charge to give expert second opinions and advice. In some cases, on the basis of clinical need, they refer the member of the clergy for further treatment such as face-to-face counselling.
Sometimes treatment is needed that is not provided within the NHS in the necessary timescale. In these cases, St Luke’s will consider providing funding to enable the honorary consultant and/or their team to proceed. Psychological support, advice and care through St Luke’s may be available as one–to-one counselling in person or by telephone.
How to check eligibility and access care
- Phone or email St Luke’s Medical Administrator Becky Millington
- Please telephone 020 7898 1700 or 07497 242752
- or send an email at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arrange for a referral letter from your GP, explaining why the consultation is needed, to be sent to Becky Millington at St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy, Room 201, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ.
Please note: St Luke’s is unable to offer a rapid response to requests and we urge all clergy and their families to access urgent care through their GP or A&E department locally.
Who is eligible?
- Anglican clergy serving or retired, their spouses, widow/ers and dependent children
- Deaconesses, Church Army officers, and full-time stipendiary lay workers licensed by a bishop
- Ordinands accepted by a bishop and in training
- Clergy whose churches are in communion with the Anglican Church
- Anglican missionaries, monks and nuns
‘As a result of St Luke’s generosity, I am significantly better than I was before treatment’
How do referrals for psychological wellbeing work?
Our aim is to provide the most appropriate advice or treatment for each individual who approaches St Luke’s. Becky Millington, our medical administrator, will guide you through the referral process. All clergy and their families are entitled to a second opinion from one of our honorary consultants, who are psychological or psychiatric experts. This aims to provide much-needed information, advice and guidance.
We recognise that most members of the clergy want to be treated within the NHS, close to home. In some cases, perhaps where waiting lists locally are very long, St Luke’s may be able to help by covering the cost of care recommended by the honorary consultant. Counselling or similar therapeutic sessions can be considered by St Luke’s.
The first step is to make a phone call to Becky Millington, our medical administrator. This is followed up by a referral letter from your GP. Your case is then reviewed by St Luke’s honorary consultant psychiatrists, who recommend any appropriate treatment.
In some cases, St Luke’s can help with a limited number of sessions. The charity isn’t able to provide funding for long-term, complex conditions or in-patient stays.
Currently, most of our honorary consultants are in the London area (because of their earlier association with our hospital). We’re pleased to be supported by a number of honorary consultants outside London who help us with the psychological wellbeing of clergy.
Contact Becky Millington as above.
Telephone counselling service
Telephone counselling is offered as an option for those who might find it difficult to attend face-to-face sessions. The telephone counselling service used by St Luke’s is operated by Burrswood Counselling Services. Burrswood has considerable experience of dealing with the issues faced by the clergy and provides a quickly accessible, confidential service. St Luke’s will fund up to twelve sessions of telephone counselling for members of the clergy or their immediate family. This counselling is arranged through St Luke’s, so please contact Becky Millington on 020 7898 1700 or email email@example.com to find out more.