This is a new volunteer role, designed to support our patients in hospital wards during the corona-virus pandemic, whilst visiting restrictions are still in place across most of the hospital.
As a volunteer you’ll receive training in how to safely volunteer to support patients in a specific ward which you will be assigned to.
You’ll be trained in our enhanced infection prevention and control practices and how to safely use personal protective equipment which will be worn for the duration of your shift for the safety of yourself and our patients.
There are a broad range of things that you can do, such as enabling patients to contact their friends and family, having a friendly conversation and providing a listening ear for patients right through to collecting and delivering items which may have been dropped off for them, so you’ll need to be actively mobile for this role.
We’ll also provide training to help build your confidence in supporting patients and staff in more practical ways too, for example perhaps by helping those who could use a little extra support around mealtimes, support in making choices and having their say.
So if you can volunteer regularly for around three hours a week for a minimum of six months, why not apply to become a Patient Support Volunteer? We have opportunities in various locations for mornings, afternoons and twilight (4-7) shifts Monday to Sunday.
You must be aged 18 or over, and any offer of a placement will be subject to a satisfactory health risk assessment and standard DBS check. Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and having a criminal record may not preclude you from volunteering.
PLEASE NOTE: You must have received two doses of the Covid vaccine in order to volunteer in clinical areas (wards) at UHS.