Volunteering with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust


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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Voluntary Services Team

Our volunteer recruitment is now closed. Applications which have been submitted will be considered and applicants contacted within 2 weeks.

Recruitment will open again soon, please check back for further details. 

The volunteer opportunities do change for each recruitment.

The volunteer recruitment for under 18's is now closed and will reopen in September 2024.

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Conversation Partner Scheme **AGE RESTICTION OF 18 & ABOVE**

The Conversation Partner Scheme is operated within the Sheffield Community Stroke Pathway for people with acquired speech/ language difficulties following a stroke. Conversation Partner volunteers visit patients in their own homes to provide supported conversations. 

As a Conversation Partner Volunteer you will be asked to:  

  • provide supported conversation opportunities, with using resources to support the conversation, in patient's own homes.
  • do some preparation before the visit to research the topics/resources that will be used during the visit.
  • feedback on each visit by way of a weekly feedback sheet.
  • visits are for 45-60 minutes a week.
  • a commitment of 6 months is required and this role maybe of interest to individuals who want to gain experience in a Speech & Language opportunity.

 

Skills and experience needed:

Previous experience is not necessary, as training will be provided but this volunteer role would suit individuals who:

  • have good spoken English, good communication and listening skills
  • are open and non-judgemental, interested in other people and their lives
  • have the ability to learn new skills and follow advice from Speech and Language Therapy Professionals
  • have creativity and imagination in problem-solving
  • have the ability to use own initiative
  • are able to adhere to confidentiality policy

We are looking for volunteers Monday to Friday who are reliable, patient, have good communication skills, a mature attitude and are willing to travel within the Sheffield region.  We offer training before the volunteer role commences and regular contact with the Scheme Co-ordinator.  The scheme is valuable experience for those applying for Speech and Language Therapy assistant roles or are thinking of training in this field.

 

You will need to be aged 18 and over to apply for this role.

Hospital Radio Volunteer- RHH

Sheffield Hospital Radio welcome screen 

Hospital Broadcasting Sheffield, broadcasting on air as Sheffield Hospital Radio (SHR), has been in existence since 1976.   Their aim is to serve patients, staff and visitors at Sheffield’s major hospitals by providing them with high quality entertainment and the feeling of being part of the Sheffield Hospital community. Find out more on our website here: Sheffield Hospital Radio - Your hospital radio station for Sheffield 

SHR has a wide variety of roles on offer. We need volunteers to visit patients to collect requests, help with our fundraising events, help to maintain the studio and functionality of the station.

We’re also always on the lookout for people to broadcast from our studio live to patients in hospital wards, or to people listening on the internet.

Please note: The station has recently moved studio and is not yet broadcasting again. We need volunteers to help get us up and running ready for relaunch in the coming months. 

 

As a Hospital Radio Volunteer  you will be asked to: 

Patient Visiting Volunteer 

  • Visit pre-determined wards and collect requests from staff, visitors and patients
  • Engage with patients, visitors and staff in a friendly, unobtrusive manner
  • Record requests accurately and report them back to the broadcast volunteers

Fundraising Volunteer

  • Attend fundraising events
  • Spread the word about SHR
  • Wear our mascot costume if you feel comfortable!

Broadcast Volunteer 

  • Present radio shows at designated times
  • Select and play a variety of music
  • Drive the mixing desk

Skills and experience needed

If you are looking to volunteer to help in broadcasting a show, experience of presenting and driving a desk is preferred but not essential. Full training will be given to demonstrate how to use the system and mixing desk SHR uses. 

Other skills which would be beneficial include, but are not limited to;

  • Good personal skills and sense of humour
  • Communicative
  • Approachable
  • Desire to achieve
  • Flexible
  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Adaptable
  • Organised
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team

General

SHR is open to people of all ages from 16 and above. If you are under the age of 18 then you will be accompanied by another volunteer. 

If you’re looking to be part of a show, we expect that availability is regular and preferably weekly. For other, less frequent roles, expected commitment may vary from role to role. You will be made aware of the level of commitment required based on your chosen role when you receive a call following your application.

It is expected however that all volunteers dedicate a period of their SHR volunteering to help the station fundraise. As a charity our main bulk of income is through fundraising and it is through working as a team on this that it is successful. 

There is also a small annual member fee to be part of the organisation but this, again, is to help the station cover the financial costs to keep running. Please make us aware if you are invited for an informal chat if this is a problem for you. 

Please note that SHR are a Partner Organisation to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and we therefore select, train and support our own volunteers. This role is not directly managed by STH Voluntary Services team although they will take you through your initial recruitment checks. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us please apply now and someone will call you within 2 weeks to discuss your application. 

General volunteer recruitment - Northern General Hospital **AGE RESTRICTION OF 18 AND ABOVE**

 

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GENERAL RECRUITMENT – NORTHERN CAMPUS

 

We are recruiting for volunteers at our Northern Campus (the Northern General Hospital) to work in a variety of roles.

This may be as a Welcomer volunteer, greeting people at main entrances and guiding them to their destination. It may be as an Outpatient volunteer assisting patients to check in for their appointments and providing a friendly face and some refreshments. It could be as a Pharmacy Runner delivering medications to wards, or an Active Response volunteer assisting wards and other departments with various tasks.

The aim of all our volunteer roles is to enhance the well-being and overall experience of patients within the hospital setting and you may come into contact with patients who have a range of conditions. A great number of our patients are elderly and frail and/or living with dementia. 

Should your application be shortlisted you will be invited to an informal chat with a member of our team, it is here that you will discuss which of our roles may be right for you.

To give you some examples however, here are some of the tasks undertaken by our volunteers in various roles;

  • Welcome patients, help them check in, sign post and guide patients to correct waiting areas. (Outpatient volunteer)
  • Accompanying patients from a ward or clinic to other areas of the hospital site (e.g. Radiology). Helping to escort patients who are going home from clinics and wards to the main hospital entrance or to book a taxi. (Welcomer or Active Response volunteer)
  • Collecting patients’ medications from Pharmacy and delivering to staff in wards or departments, following the protocols for associated paperwork. (Pharmacy or Active Response volunteer)
  • Sitting/chatting with patients, to provide companionship and reassurance. (Active Response volunteer)

 

None of our volunteer roles involve;

  • Providing personal care such as assisting patients with the toilet.
  • Dealing with complaints and incidents.
  • Moving and handling patients.
  • Chaperoning patients.

ROLE AVAILABILITY

 

Volunteers are needed at the Northern General Hospital at various days and times however evenings and weekends are not generally available.

 

SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

 

The following are required in any voluntary role;

 

  • Compassionate and empathetic demeanour, with a genuine interest in supporting the well-being of others.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of building rapport with diverse individuals, including patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
  • Patience and understanding when working with patients facing health challenges or limitations.
  • Reliable and punctual, with a commitment to fulfilling volunteer responsibilities consistently.
  • Committed to Equal Opportunities practice.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Volunteers must commit to at least 3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Roles are currently available to applicants aged 18 and over.

For the purposes of the recruitment of volunteers to the Trust, every volunteer must comply with the required checks in accordance with the NHS Employment Check Standards applicable to volunteer roles.  Full details can be found in the Volunteer Policy. These checks include:  

Health declaration: Applicants will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of fitness for the volunteer tasks before a voluntary placement will be confirmed.  This will include the completion of a Occupational Health Questionnaire and may require an appointment with the Occupational Health service. 

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS): Most volunteer roles require a DBS check to be carried out before commencing training and volunteering duties.  The level of check depends on the role you are carrying out.  Please note that a declaration of a previous offence does not mean you will not be eligible for volunteering.  This will be discussed with you informally depending on the nature and time of the offence. 

Verification of identity  & right to work: We need to check that you are able to legally work/and or volunteer in the UK and verify your identity. 

Standard of Business Conduct: You are required to follow the Trust policy and declare any possible conflicts of interest which may arise between volunteering and outside interests or employment.  If a conflict is deemed to exist it will be recorded via Trust systems.

 

 

PROUD Values

All volunteers are expected to adhere to the organisation’s PROUD values;

  • Patient First- ensure that the people we serve are at the heart of all that we do
  • Respectful- be kind, respectful, fair and value diversity
  • Ownership-celebrate our successes, learn continuously and ensure we improve
  • Unity- work in partnership with others
  • Deliver-be efficient, effective and accountable for our actions

General volunteer recruitment - Central Campus **AGE RESTRICTION OF 18 AND ABOVE**

 

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GENERAL RECRUITMENT – CENTRAL CAMPUS

 

We are recruiting for volunteers at our Central Campus (the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Cancer Centre, Jessop Wing) to work in a variety of roles.

This may be as a Welcomer volunteer, greeting people at main entrances and guiding them to their destination. It may be as an Outpatient volunteer assisting patients to check in for their appointments and providing a friendly face and some refreshments. It could be as a Pharmacy Runner delivering medications to wards, or an Active Response volunteer assisting wards and other departments with various tasks.

The aim of all our volunteer roles is to enhance the well-being and overall experience of patients within the hospital setting and you may come into contact with patients who have a range of conditions. A great number of our patients are elderly and frail and/or living with dementia. 

Should your application be shortlisted you will be invited to an informal chat with a member of our team, it is here that you will discuss which of our roles may be right for you.

To give you some examples however, here are some of the tasks undertaken by our volunteers in various roles;

  • Welcome patients, help them check in, sign post and guide patients to correct waiting areas. (Outpatient volunteer)
  • Accompanying patients from a ward or clinic to other areas of the hospital site (e.g. Radiology). Helping to escort patients who are going home from clinics and wards to the main hospital entrance or to book a taxi. (Welcomer or Active Response volunteer)
  • Collecting patients’ medications from Pharmacy and delivering to staff in wards or departments, following the protocols for associated paperwork. (Pharmacy or Active Response volunteer)
  • Sitting/chatting with patients, to provide companionship and reassurance. (Active Response volunteer)

 

None of our volunteer roles involve;

  • Providing personal care such as assisting patients with the toilet.
  • Dealing with complaints and incidents.
  • Moving and handling patients.
  • Chaperoning patients.

ROLE AVAILABILITY

 

Volunteers are needed at the Central Campus at various days and times however evenings and weekends are not generally available.

 

SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

 

The following are required in any voluntary role;

 

  • Compassionate and empathetic demeanour, with a genuine interest in supporting the well-being of others.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of building rapport with diverse individuals, including patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
  • Patience and understanding when working with patients facing health challenges or limitations.
  • Reliable and punctual, with a commitment to fulfilling volunteer responsibilities consistently.
  • Committed to Equal Opportunities practice.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Volunteers must commit to at least 3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Roles are currently available to applicants aged 18 and over.

For the purposes of the recruitment of volunteers to the Trust, every volunteer must comply with the required checks in accordance with the NHS Employment Check Standards applicable to volunteer roles.  Full details can be found in the Volunteer Policy. These checks include:  

Health declaration: Applicants will be required to demonstrate an appropriate level of fitness for the volunteer tasks before a voluntary placement will be confirmed.  This will include the completion of a Occupational Health Questionnaire and may require an appointment with the Occupational Health service. 

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS): Most volunteer roles require a DBS check to be carried out before commencing training and volunteering duties.  The level of check depends on the role you are carrying out.  Please note that a declaration of a previous offence does not mean you will not be eligible for volunteering.  This will be discussed with you informally depending on the nature and time of the offence. 

Verification of identity  & right to work: We need to check that you are able to legally work/and or volunteer in the UK and verify your identity. 

Standard of Business Conduct: You are required to follow the Trust policy and declare any possible conflicts of interest which may arise between volunteering and outside interests or employment.  If a conflict is deemed to exist it will be recorded via Trust systems.

 

 

PROUD Values

All volunteers are expected to adhere to the organisation’s PROUD values;

  • Patient First- ensure that the people we serve are at the heart of all that we do
  • Respectful- be kind, respectful, fair and value diversity
  • Ownership-celebrate our successes, learn continuously and ensure we improve
  • Unity- work in partnership with others
  • Deliver-be efficient, effective and accountable for our actions