V005 - Meal-Time Support


   Reference Number: V004


Meal-Time Support


Our wards are looking for volunteers who are able to support, help and encourage

vulnerable patients during mealtimes.



All Ward Areas - Hinchingbrooke Hospital - Huntingdon PE29 6NT



There are 3 separate meal-times, covering 7 days per week – If you can commit

regularly to any of these days or times we would welcome your support.

Breakfast 7:15 – 9:00     Lunchtime – 11:45 – 13:30pm    Dinner – 16:15 – 17:45


Main Tasks

We are looking to recruit volunteers in a meal-time support role to provide the highest

possible level of attention to help patients with their nutritional intake. This role

provides valuable support to our patients & compliments the work of our Staff.

This role involves the following duties:


·         Assisting patients when choosing meals

·         Help to prepare the patient and their environment for food service 

·         Ensure patients have had an opportunity to clean their hands and are in the

       correct position to eat

·         Open containers, packets or cartons

·         Ensure drinks are within reach

·         Assist or encourage specifically identified patients with eating & drinking.

·         Spend time in conversation with patients helping meal time to be a relaxed

       and enjoyable experience.

·         Assist with drink rounds


The Difference you will make

Your support in this role will enhance a patient’s quality of life, environment and care,

providing one-one assistance, company and encouragement during meal times.



We are looking for reliable volunteers who are able to commit to regular times,

you will need to have excellent communication skills, patience and able to follow clear

instructions. Full Training will be provided


This role will require an enhanced DBS and Occupational Health Clearance



What we offer

All successful applicants will receive a full volunteer induction, relevant training and

on-going support in the role. You will be issued with a volunteer badge/uniform,

parking permit and be able to claim travel expenses within a 20 mile radius of the