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Volunteers
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N/A
Contract
0 weeks (Voluntary:)
Hours
0 hours per week (Volunteer)
Job ref
435-V005-24
Employer
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Burnley General Hospital
Town
Burnley
Salary
Volunteer
Closing
01/03/2024 16:00

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Therapeutic Activities Role - Clitheroe Community Hospital

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East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust provides a range of health care services primarily for the people of East Lancashire, which comprises of the Boroughs of Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, and Ribble Valley. Our Trust aims to provide appropriate, high-quality personal and organisational development interventions, which will improve patient care.

Job overview

'Do you have spare time on your hands? Are you looking for a rewarding and fulfilling experience to help our hospitals and patients? Do you have experience and knowledge gained through living?

Can you commit to a minimum of 6 months and beyond with the opportunity to volunteer and become part of the team?

This is a great way to support the East Lancashire NHS University Trust and a great way to get  involved in your Community Hospitals.'

Volunteering is defined as activities in which time is given freely to benefit another individual, group, or organisation. Furthermore, volunteering is part of a cluster of helping behaviours that entail more commitment than spontaneous help or assistance, but differ from informal care provided, for example, within the family or among friends. Volunteer work is often considered to be beneficial to the volunteers and it has been shown that it enhances their well-being and also that people with greater well-being invest more time in volunteer service.

Main duties of the job

  1. Visiting/befriending patients , hand holding and listening being paramount options during interactions
  2. 1 to 1 activities, e.g. walking, listening to music, reading, games, reminiscence, crafts, visits to the garden/shop/chapel
  3. Group activities e.g. reminiscences, news discussion, involving others and families.
  4. Signposting to other support services such as Alzheimer’s Society, Admiral Nurse service, Macmillan, Age UK.
  5. Take time to talk with patients, forwarding concerns and compliments to staff.
  6. Supporting the completion of ’This is me’ and promoting the Butterfly Scheme
  7. Promoting awareness of John’s campaign
  8. Promoting options for use of therapeutic resources on wards and in hospitals eg, coffee shops etc.

Working for our organisation

Established in 2003, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute and community healthcare for the people in Pennine Lancashire. 

The organisation puts safety and quality at the heart of everything we do, invests in and develops its workforce, works with key stakeholders to develop effective partnerships and encourages innovation and pathway reform to deliver best practice.

We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Volunteering is defined as activities in which time is given freely to benefit another individual, group, or organisation. Furthermore, volunteering is part of a cluster of helping behaviours that entail more commitment than spontaneous help or assistance, but differ from informal care provided, for example, within the family or among friends. Volunteer work is often considered to be beneficial to the volunteers and it has been shown that it enhances their well-being and also that people with greater well-being invest more time in volunteer service.

This exciting new specialist volunteer role will support patients to participate in meaningful and therapeutic activities during their stay in hospital. Research suggests that having access to stimulating activities can help enhance wellbeing and therefore can assist in the healing process. Person centred and age appropriate, games and crafts are just some of the activities that can assist.  This role will improve the experience of our patients and families, allowing the opportunity for people to express themselves in a creative manner thus reducing isolation, improving motivation and sense of wellbeing.

Person specification

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good written English
  • Life experience
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • An interest in promoting independence with care and compassion
  • Willing to complete training to better understand Dementia

Employer certification / accreditation badges

NHS Pastoral Care Quality AwardPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committedStep into healthHappy to Talk Flexible Working

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Lynn Hackett
Job title
Voluntary Service Manager
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01282 803667
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