Parish Nursing

Whole Person Healthcare in our Community

At Cliff Park Community Church we run a free parish nursing service to offer you support with your health. 

Parish nurses are Registered Nurses working in churches or Christian organisations. They offer individuals and communities personal health advice, advocacy, support, health education and spiritual care.

We complement, but not replace, established healthcare services. This support can take many forms, such as talking  through your health and wellbeing or helping you find the most appropriate care for your needs. Ruth is also able to offer the opportunity for you to explore the spiritual aspects of your health. 

The service is available to people living in the Gorleston area, of all ages and backgrounds, of any faith or none.

Meet our Parish Nurse

Our Parish Nurse is Ruth Pillar RMN BSc. She is a registered mental health nurse, and has current NMC registration and RCN membership. She has 36 years of experience in NHS Mental Health Nursing, and has lived in the area all her life.

Ruth works on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 


What can a Parish Nurse do?

Ruth can give you help with your health needs. This includes:

What can't a Parish Nurse do?

Ruth cannot offer any clinical treatments such as dressings or injections but can support you in getting the care that you need.

Who is it for?

We're offering everyone who lives in the Gorleston area this service regardless of age, background or faith.

Why are you doing this?

From the beginning, Cliff Park Community Church (CPCC) has existed to love God and to help others become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We're committed to loving and serving our community, and helping each other to become all that God wants us to be.    

The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is well recognised, however, there are many things that affect mental health; our personal history, family, relationships and how we see ourselves. Our social circumstances including our housing, employment, and education also play their part. While it’s not possible to stop all mental ill-health from developing, many mental health problems can be prevented with early intervention and the right approach. Prevention can help all of us, whether we currently have good mental health or not.

How do I know this is genuine? Who regulates the service?

Parish nurses are supported by a national charity, Parish Nursing Ministries UK (PNMUK). PNMUK delivers the Certificate in Parish Nursing and provides your parish nurse with clinical supervision and support to ensure that the service is well run. Please visit for more information.

All parish nurses are Registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and work under its Code of Conduct. If you would like to know more about this, please ask your parish nurse or visit One aspect of this Code is maintaining confidentiality, which means anything you tell your parish nurse will be kept private, unless there is a risk of harm to you or someone else. Any written information the parish nurse holds about you will be kept securely. Whilst your parish nurse is employed by Cliff Park Community Church, the details they hold for you will not be shared with anyone else without your permission, in line with our Data Protection Policy.

Get in touch

Click here to email Ruth, or you can call her on 07907 066274.