Exciting new opportunities to be an enhanced care volunteer

The trust has exciting new opportunities for volunteers to provide enhanced care to patients in hospital.

The trust has new roles for enhanced care volunteers to support nursing staff in ward areas in providing enhanced care to patients who have complex needs.

It will include engaging with patients who are anxious or in need of company, providing distraction therapy through social activities and spending time talking and listening to patients.

It will also include acting as a mealtime companion and supporting patients if they need to leave the ward or go to other areas of the hospital.

Emma Roberts, assistant director of nursing, workforce and professional standards, said: “We’re very excited to be recruiting enhanced care volunteers on the wards. We’re seeing an increasing number of patients who often need a little extra help, such as elderly patients and patients with dementia.

“Our hospitals are very busy and our nursing staff’s priority is to always to care for patients. Volunteers can help the ward staff by spending that extra time with patients, talking to them and providing enhanced care which is so important in their recovery.

“Enhanced care volunteers will help improve the patient experience make a real difference to patient care.

“Through mealtime companions who already volunteer here, we know that having someone to sit and chat can make eating a much more pleasurable, social experience for patients, especially those who may be reluctant to eat or who take a long time to finish a meal.

“Enhanced care volunteers will be supported at all times by a member of staff and will receive specific training from the nursing, catering, dietetics and speech and language therapy teams to help with communication skills and nutritional knowledge.

“All volunteers play a vital part in helping to support our hospitals and improving patient care and we really appreciate everything they do.”

To apply visit www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/c1b24af6cda1f85a72ef1cefee4484a6/?vac_ref=914798134


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