Language Companion Volunteer

Role Description: Language Companion Volunteer

About North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust: North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is a leading healthcare provider committed to delivering exceptional patient care and promoting wellbeing within the communities we serve. We strive to offer a compassionate and supportive environment for all our patients, including those who face language barriers during their hospital stay.

Role Overview: The Language Companion Volunteer role at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is a vital position that aims to provide companionship and support to patients who have limited or no English language skills. As a Language Companion Volunteer, you will offer your spoken language skills to engage in friendly conversations and alleviate feelings of loneliness or isolation experienced by these patients during their hospital admission.

Duties Include:

  1. Companionship: Engage in friendly conversations with patients who have language barriers, providing them with emotional support and companionship during their hospital stay.
  2. Patient Visits: On an ad hoc basis, respond to requests for companionship visits by hospital staff. Patients who have expressed a desire for company will be matched with volunteers based on their available spoken languages.
  3. Scheduling: Coordinate with the volunteer services team to schedule visits at times that suit both the volunteer and the patient, ensuring that the interaction is convenient and mutually beneficial.
  4. Cultural Sensitivity: Be mindful of and respect the cultural differences of the patients, ensuring that interactions are sensitive, inclusive, and culturally appropriate.
  5. Confidentiality: Respect patient confidentiality and adhere to data protection guidelines.
  6. Feedback: Provide feedback to the volunteer services team regarding patient experiences, concerns, or any additional support needed, helping to improve the overall patient experience.

The Difference You Will Make: As a Language Companion Volunteer, you will have a significant impact on the emotional well-being of patients who face language barriers and may feel isolated during their hospitalisation. Your companionship will brighten their days, making them feel cared for, valued, and understood. By offering your time and language skills, you will provide a comforting presence and a listening ear, helping to alleviate feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Through your voluntary service, you will contribute to our mission of delivering compassionate care to every patient, ensuring that no one feels alone or unsupported during their time of need.

Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English and at least one additional language spoken within the local community.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Empathetic and compassionate nature.
  • Reliable and punctual attendance for scheduled visits.
  • Respect for patient confidentiality and adherence to data protection guidelines.

Please Note: The Language Companion Volunteer role is not an interpreter service, and volunteers should refrain from providing medical advice or acting as official interpreters for patients. The primary focus is to offer companionship and emotional support.

Join us as a Language Companion Volunteer and make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients, promoting a caring and inclusive environment within North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.