Volunteering roles

Melvyn Zeff When we recruit volunteers we are always looking for the right people, those who are friendly, respectful of all, those who celebrate the uniqueness in difference, whether that is our ethnicity, gender, ability, religion or sexual orientation.

They are people who have a natural positive disposition, who are reliable and committed. They wear our volunteer uniform with pride, beaming with compassion and enthusiasm. We believe that the dedication and support of volunteers’ helps us to achieve wonderful things and makes the experience of our patients, the very best it can be.

It is so rewarding to feel that you have helped a patient who is feeling anxious or nervous. The role of a volunteer is a unique one, activities complement the care and support given by staff, and they do to replace staff or mitigate staff shortages. 

Volunteers must not assist with anything of a medical nursing nature, read patients’ medical files or share this information, assist with cleaning duties of any kind or repair any item of equipment. As a volunteer you are in a position of trust this should never be abused or used to advantage yourself or disadvantage a patient.

There are a number of different roles available for those wishing to volunteer. The following voluntary services below will help you to work out how you might like to get involved with our hospitals.

Apply to become a volunteer at our Trust.

Daisy Volunteer

General tasks

This role is about caring for someone and their family during their final weeks and days of their life. We are looking for individuals who would be willing to come and sit with a patient in their final days or hours or it could even be to offer the families/carers a chance of respite without worrying that their relative will be alone.

Various forms of support will be offered to the patients such as facilitating communication between the patient and their family/carers or friends by way of Skype or FaceTime. Other times you may be called upon to play either their favourite music, T.V programme or just hold their hand. For the families who are shielding, you will be able to gather the patient’s belongings and pass them over to the families.

We are always looking for the right people, those who are friendly, respectful of all, those who celebrate the uniqueness in difference, whether that is our ethnicity, gender, ability, religion or sexual orientation. We are people who have a natural positive disposition, who are reliable and committed. They wear our volunteer uniform with pride, beaming with compassion and enthusiasm. We believe that the dedication and support of our volunteers’ help us to achieve wonderful things and makes the experience of our patients, the very best it can be.

"Touch has a memory” John Keats

The majority of people who die have family, friends and visitors that give them support. But what if you had no-one? What if you were facing your death alone? With the current reality that we live in today, patients will spend a lot of time alone and some even face the devastating prospect of dying alone in a hospital ward. For others their relatives and friends may be there but are often overwhelmed and isolated.

You must not

  • Volunteers must not assist with anything of a medical nursing nature, read patients’ medical files or share this information, assist with cleaning duties of any kind or repair any item of equipment.
  • As a volunteer you are in a position of trust this should never be abused or used to advantage yourself or disadvantage a patient
 

Bleep Volunteer

  • Bleep volunteer is a new role developed to help support ED during the winter pressures.
  • Volunteers are contactable by staff when assistance is needed. Changes in how we work, has meant that patients are not permitted to have their loved ones, family and friends with them.
  • Many of our patients, especially the elderly and vulnerable, will be feeling very alone and isolated while in ED.
  • Our Bleep Volunteers are on hand to offer companionship whether sitting, chatting, playing a game of cards, getting them a drink, a blanket or helping to phone their loved ones to update them. They are there to help our patients.
  • They also help support staff in non-clinical tasks such as telephoning patients relatives, filing or running errands. This may mean collecting medication for a patient or escorting them to where they need to go next.
  • Our volunteers told us that they get a great deal from volunteering, so if you are calm, active, live locally with spare time on your hands this could be something you would enjoy.

Outpatients’ Befriender Volunteer

  • Assist patients complete the Friends & Family Test (FFT) survey so that their voices are heard and their opinions, sought. FFT allows us to see what we are doing well and where we can improve, and volunteers are vital in this.
  • Much of this role is listening and chatting with patients, reassuring anxious or nervous patients through companionship or relaxed interactions, demonstrating appropriate boundaries at all times.
  • Being knowledgeable about the area you volunteer, will help when supporting patients. You will make sure that they are comfortable, advising patients of delays or clinic changes, ensuring magazines and leaflets are topped up.
  • Escorting mobile patients to other parts of the hospital as directed by senior staff, is a fundamental part of this role, so being physically fit, essential.

Wayfinder Concierge

When people attend hospital they are often worried and finding their clinic location can be difficult. Both Queens Hospital and King George Hospital are busy environments, with long corridors or zoned areas which for many can be confusing.

Our wayfinder concierge supports the main entrance and the entrances/exits to wards and departments with a friendly welcoming face. Wayfinder concierge will signpost visitors to
other services, provide information such as car parking, ensuring adherence to PPE and
social distancing regulations whilst offering assistance and companionship as required.

You will demonstrate a calm and patient exterior with your focus on making the experience for the patient as pleasant as possible. You will be physically fit and active; much of this role is about supporting people who may require escorting, therefore this role entails a lot of standing around or physical activities as you may be asked to deliver or collecting
medications or run errands.

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