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We will are recruiting Dementia,  Dining Companion and Discharge Support Volunteers during April 2017.    

You should only apply if you are able to attend the Assessment and Training dates.  

Discharge Support Volunteers -  help reduce the fear and anxiety that many patients feel when they are discharged and return home after a hospital stay. They will offer emotional and practical support in hospital by running errands, helping with packing, accompanying patients to discharge lounge and providing empathy and a listening ear. Volunteers will provide assistance for up to six weeks and will build a relationship with service users to help them identify what services they need after leaving hospital and help them access support from local community and voluntary organisations.

Recruitment opens               23rd Feb 2017


Recruitment closes               21st April 2017


Assessment                          10th May 2017


Induction and Training          31st May 2017


To apply for a Discharge Support Volunteer, please click the link


Dining Companions- How you can help patients to eat and drink well in hospital. If you have an hour a week to spare this role makes a real difference. We aim to have Dining Companions in every medical ward for lunch (12.15pm) and dinner (5.15pm), seven days a week. We ask volunteers to commit to one mealtime every week on a regular basis for a minimum of 6 months.


Recruitment opens                    12th April 2017

Recruitment closes                    2nd May 2017

Assessment                              16th May 2017

Induction and Training              15th June 2017

To apply for the Dining Companion Volunteer role, please click the link


Chaplaincy Volunteers play an important role within our Hospital Chaplaincy Team.  Volunteers can assist with the pastoral and spiritual support of patients of all faiths and philosophies of life, and can also help the Team with administrative tasks and the organisation of special events such as open days, cultural celebrations and memorial services.  Volunteers visit assigned wards to spend time with patients on a one-to-one basis, providing companionship and spiritual support as needed.  Volunteers can assist patients with referral to a Chaplain to ensure any specific spiritual or religious needs are met.  The Chaplaincy provides a Sitting Service to support families with loved ones who are nearing the end of life, and some Volunteers are able to be involved in this. Our Chaplaincy Volunteers are drawn from all walks of life and need to be a member of good standing within their own faith or philosophical tradition and willing to work in a multi-cultural setting, supporting without judgement those who may wish to explore their own concerns, beliefs and values.  This role suits Volunteers who enjoy meeting people, building rapport and have the maturity to listen to people who may be in distress. We welcome Volunteers who can bring enthusiasm, sensitivity, reliability and commitment to this role. Further to Volunteer Induction, full training and supervision is provided by our Chaplaincy Team.


Recruitment opens    12th April 2017


Recruitment closes    23rd April 2017


Assessments and Training dates are waiting to be confirmed.


To apply for the Chaplaincy Volunteer role, please click the link:


Main Outpatients Welcomer 

Our refurbished main Outpatients Department is one of the busiest in the area. Our volunteers located in the Main Outpatients entrance are the first point of contact for patients and visitors when they arrive in the Hospital. They are a friendly, welcoming face and have a good knowledge of the hospital and the services offered. They help Patients and visitors to naviagte the different sections of MOPD, and improve visitor experience at the hospital.


Recruitment opens        19th April 2017


Recruitment closes        2nd May 2017


Assessment                   16th May 2017


Training and Induction    21st June 2017


To apply for the Main Outpatient Welcomer Volunteer role, please click the link


Patient Experience Volunteer

As a patient Experience Volunteer you will be supporting patients, carers and other visitors to give feedback that helps us to improve the services and care we provide. Volunteers help patients to complete the Friends and Family Test and use other resaerch methods such as interviews to gather insight about patients' experiences. The data collected represents Patient experience and is used to identify priorities and actions that directly influence the quality of services and care at kingston Hospital.


Recruitment opens         12th April 2017


Recruitment closes         2nd May 2017


Assessment                    16th May 2017


Training and Induction    15th June 2017


To apply for the Patient Experience Volunteer role follow the link


Emergency Department Volunteers -  improve patient & relative experience of ED through offering practical and emotional patient support. You will be supporting a busy ED service at the front line of emergency medicine. Tasks can include: tea rounds, assisting with patient meals, befriending patients, providing information about Kingston Hospital ED, conducting the Friends & Family Test, liaising with patients about waiting times, tidying waiting room areas, sitting with patients who are anxious, supporting patients with dementia and their carers and more. This role is best suited to volunteers who can keep calm in a crisis, enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and can listen to people without judgement. An informal assessment will be required, and we will give you specially tailored training to enable to you undertake this role effectively and safely.


Recruitment closes:         19th April 2017


Assessment:                    25th April 2017


Induction and Training:    31st May 2017


We will be recruiting for the following volunteer roles in the near future, please check this page for updates


Dementia Volunteers- We need volunteers to help support the therapeutic activities programme that supports all patients with dementia. Dementia Volunteers work closely with the Dementia Activities Coordinator and ward staff to offer group and one to one activities for patients with dementia whilst in hospital.Full training is provided and we ask for a regular commitment of 3 hours per week. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who may be able to support patient activities with singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, hand massage, painting, drawing, or any other ability or skill which can help with patient activities.

Paediatric Play Volunteers  support our young patients aged 0-18 across the Paediatric wards and clinics by offering craft and play activities and story-telling in waiting areas, inpatient wards and paediatric A&E. This role is best wuited to volunteers who are enthusiastic, creative , patient and sensitive to the difficulties faced by children in hospital. You must be 18 to apply for this role.


Admin Support Volunteers help support the smooth running of the hospital admin systems.This role is best suited to volunteers who enjoy an organised and systematic approach to tasks. No previous experience is required. We just need your commitment, patience, enthuasiam and reliability. Role vary and include taskes such as photocopying, data entry, record keeping, telephone contact, filing. Admin roles are available Monday - Friday during business hours.


Keats Dining Companion Volunteers - Most of our patients on Keats Ward are recovering from a stroke. Many of the patients are elderly, some may have dementia, and some need physical assistance with feeding. As a Dining Companion, you will be assisting ward staff and patients during mealtimes, which includes feeding some patients who need extra help.

Dining Companion shifts are 7 days a week from 12.15pm -1.30pm and 5.15pm - 6.30pm

Keats Lunch Club Volunteers - Most of our patients on Keats Ward are recovering from a stroke. Many of the patients are elderly, some may have dementia, and some need physical assistance with feeding.  We aim to make mealtimes a more sociable event and bring our patients together to enjoy their lunch in the Activity Room on Keats Ward. In addition to assisting with the Lunch Club, our volunteers also provide company and companionship to patients after lunch.

CNHC registered Aromatherapists and Holistic Massage therapists – Sir William Rous Macmillan Unit – offering complementary therapies to cancer diagnosed patients and their carers as part of the team of complementary therapists within the Macmillan Information and Support Centre.  You will be fully insured, a member of a professional association, qualified at Level 3 and able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week. This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills and expertise within a professional and supportive NHS environment. You should be enthusiastic and compassionate.




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