Falls Prevention Community Exercise Volunteer-Richmond
Falls Prevention Community Exercise Volunteer
About this role:
Are you interested in working with individuals to improve their balance and minimise their risk of falls? Are you looking for experience working in a physiotherapy led setting? An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dedicated person to be part of the community-based volunteering team across the Richmond borough. Supporting people at risk of falls within the community to remain in their homes and support them with an exercise programme to help restore their health, wellbeing, and independence.
You will work alongside physiotherapists carrying out functional assessments and interventions to help our patients live as independently as possible. These interventions may include progression of exercises and mobility assessments, assessments of activities of daily living and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapists will prescribe specific exercises tailored to each patient which you will practice with the patients at home for 8 weeks after the patient has been discharged from hospital. You will be an integral part of supporting patients to reduce barriers to get active such as finding activities that suit their budget or transport needs.
What will I be doing:
- Making visits to patients’ homes within the Richmond Borough (operational Mon-Thurs, 10-4pm)
- Undertaking functional tests and reporting outcomes at the start and end of the 8-week intervention
- Delivering a physiotherapy prescribed exercise programme for 8 weeks per patient in patients’ homes
- Writing brief reports and submitting these via the nhs.net email account
- Calling patients once a week to encourage patients to keep going and keep them motivated to reach their goals
- Provide information about local activities that will meet people’s needs such as the Get Active exercise on referral programme, better bones or community exercise activities or healthy walks.
What shifts are available:
- Monday-Thursday 10.00-13.00 or 13.00-16.00. Half or full day shifts available
- Community based in Richmond patients’ homes.
Are there any specific requirements for this role?
- A knowledge of the local Richmond area desirable (but not essential)
- Able to demonstrate a sense of maturity as well as compassion and empathy for others.
- Respect boundaries and confidentiality always.
- No specific physio skills are needed; however, volunteers should have an interest in promoting patients’ health, well-being, and fitness.
- Adaptable and willing to learn.
- Good at motivating and encouraging people to reach their goals.
- Able to work independently with guidance and support.
- Able to recognise own boundaries and the limitations of the role. We will support you to enhance the skills above
- Willing to use own technology, e.g. password protected computer or laptop, to complete patient exercise logs and submit to the hospital on a weekly basis.
- Over 18 years of age.
- An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
- Commitment of at least 1 shift/3 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months
- Participation in the mandatory training and induction programme and confidential discussion of any reasonable adjustments required to meet your needs.
- We will have monthly meetings with all community volunteers to provide in service training and check in and chat.
- To live our values through your volunteering role at HRCH:
How will I be supported and what will I gain from this opportunity?
- Join an enthusiastic volunteering team of people who want to make a difference, just like you.
- Being an integral member of the physiotherapy team.
- 121 support from project manager and clinical support from lead physiotherapist.
- Learn new skills and develop existing skills.
- A buddy to support you through your initial induction.
- It can contribute to your personal development and confidence.
- You will be making an important contribution to your local community throughout your volunteering journey at HRCH.
- Invitation to volunteer events to celebrate and thank for the support they provide. An opportunity to meet other volunteers at the trust.
- Bespoke training from our physiotherapy team.
- Annual refresher training.
- A reference to support applications – please kindly note that this is only provided after our minimum commitment has been met.
- Reimbursement of travel costs from home to the patients’ home, in line with our volunteer expenses policy.
Training for this role is mandatory and will be at least a full day (possibly split into 2 half days). Training modules include:
- Role specific training (exercises, recording information, signs and symptoms of hyper/hypotension and delirium)
- Basic life support / CPR
- Lone working
- Trust induction e-learning (infection control, fire safety etc)
This role is for me, what next?
- Please complete an online application via the Better Impact page.
- Should your application be successful, we will offer you an interview.
Contacting the Volunteering Team
If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss anything further, please do get in touch:
Telephone: 0208 714 4087