Patient Companion - Farnham Hospital

Would you like to make a real difference to our patients?

Patient Companions play an important role in working with nurses to create a calm, caring and comfortable ward environment. Offering companionship and comfort to patients. Patient companions listen to a patient talk about hopes, fears and concerns. Their presence and empathy can counteract such negative emotions as loneliness, sadness and despair, which can hinder effective treatment. Instead, their sympathy encourages positive emotions such as happiness and relief, which can speed up the healing process.

Reporting to the nurse in charge of the ward - the role will include:-

  • Sitting with and talking to patients.
  • Giving the patient the company that they may not have from others.
  • Listening to what the patient has to say and to, if necessary, spend time with the patient participating in activities such as games and puzzles with the patient.

Volunteers are requested to commit for a minimum period of 12 months and ideally volunteer for at least a couple of hours per week.

Full training is provided and volunteers will also be given a volunteer polo shirt to wear and identity lanyard.

The Trust welcomes volunteers aged 16+ - this is a lovely role for students looking towards a career in health or social care.

Skills

  • No formal qualifications are required however key skills include:-
  • Communication especially the ability to listen.
  • Companions must emphasize that they are neither mental health professionals nor medical doctors. They cannot provide advice nor any service that can be misconstrued as therapy. They may not change bandages, give medicines or engage in any clinical treatment. Should the patient require such services, patient companions can contact the nearest nurse‚Äôs station.



Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers can be 16+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Travel at 45p per mile up to a 20 mile 'round trip'. Parking if applicable.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
  • Training provided
    Volunteers will be expected to attend 1 x 1.5hr induction session. These will be either held in Fleet or at Frimley Park Hospital
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Location

Farnham Hospital
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 9QL


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