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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/05/2021.

Volunteer Recruitment Day

Job Reference: 265-3080437

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Volunteer Services
Northampton General Hospital, Northampton

Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital have embarked on an exciting journey to become a University Hospitals Group, serving the whole of Northamptonshire and beyond through closer alignment and partnership with University of Leicester, University of Northampton and all other University partners. University of Leicester, with Northampton and Kettering Group, is committed to enhancing the partnership between academia and the NHS in Northamptonshire. A strong synergy between organisations is the key to success, major contributions made by consultant colleagues to the academic mission through research, teaching, education, clinical leadership, enterprise and innovation recognised by the award of a range of honorary titles from Honorary Fellow to Honorary Professor.

With four teaching schools (Allied Health Professions, Biological Sciences, Leicester Medical School, Psychology), six research departments (Cardiovascular Sciences, Genetics and Genome Biology hosting the Leicester Cancer Research Centre, Health Sciences hosting the Leicester Diabetes Research Centre, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience Psychology and Behaviour, Respiratory Sciences), the College’s mission is to pursue the highest standards of research, education, training in biomedical and related subjects, to apply this knowledge and expertise to enhance the quality of life and economic prosperity of populations, locally and in the world. The high calibre of our academic endeavour is increasingly being recognised. In the 2020 Shanghai International ranking, the Medical School in Leicester was ranked 20 (of 3,000 medical schools); Leicester was 5th in the UK (Highest rank for clinical medicine outside of the Golden Triangle). In April 2017 NIHR Biomedical Research Centre commenced, a collaboration between University of Leicester, University of Loughborough and University Hospitals of Leicester. The BRC brings together the work of Respiratory Medicine, Cardiovascular Science, Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity.

We will be running our first ever Volunteer Recruitment Day on Wednesday 12th May – the benefit of having recruitment day is so that we can fast track you through the system and get you out volunteering sooner rather than later. 

To accommodate everyone we are running 2 sessions during the day – 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm.  We will also have some of our volunteers at the event who will be able to answer any questions you have an give you an insight into the world of Volunteering at NGH.

We currently have the following volunteering roles available to choose from;

  • Response
  • Clinical
  • Administration

Response Volunteer Role

  • Transport patients in a wheelchair between wards
  • Assist with patient feeding
  • Collect medication from the onsite pharmacy and deliver to a ward
  • Provide basic administrative support
  • Transporting samples to labs
  • Sit and talk with patients
  • Assist with changing beds
  • Assisting on patient video calls
  • Accepting and delivering patient property

Full training will be provided for all of the above roles. So if you are looking to expand your skill base, gain valuable experience for your CV, or enjoy helping out in a varied role, then this is the opportunity for you.

Clinical Volunteer Role

We are looking for caring individuals who can assist on hospital wards. As a clinical volunteer, you will be assisting with;

  • Spending time with patients, providing a listening ear during their stay, providing a warm and relaxing environment,
  • Helping to serve meals and drinks
  • Accompanying and assisting escorting patients
  • Assisting with ward duties such as admin tasks, replenishment of gel dispensers, etc.
  • Assisting nursing staff in changing beds
  • Collecting patient medication from pharmacy

Why Volunteer?

Our volunteers are an invaluable part of the hospital team. Working with us in a volunteering role means you're playing a part in delivering the best possible care to our patients and their families, whether you're providing admin support in an office or working alongside our ward teams.

If you’ve started looking for work or want to get back into it after a break, volunteering can really help. We'll support you as you develop your skills and confidence - and your CV will really impress potential employers.

If you've retired but you're not quite ready to put your feet up, we'd really value your experience and time.

Meet people from all walks of life. Whether it's our staff or our patients, there's never a dull moment when you're surrounded by people of all ages from all sorts of backgrounds. Volunteering in a hospital gives you an insight into other people's lives and so many of our volunteers say it's a real privilege

Give something back. What better place to give something back than your local hospital, the one place that touches everyone's lives in some way?

Please specify on the application in support information your preferred role and hours of volunteering.

Parking expenses / travel expenses will be reimbursed up to £8 per day.

Previous applicants need not apply

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Volunteer Services Email address: Telephone number: 01604 523159

To apply for this post, scroll down to the bottom of this page and select “apply on line”.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Northampton General Hospital to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed to the post.

Due to the high number of applications received we are unable to respond to each application individually. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you have been unsuccessful in this application.

For further information on nursing, apprenticeships, A&E or any other departments please visit our specific website or pages that are indicated on the right hand side of this advert.

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust recognises that staff of differing backgrounds and life experiences enrich our workforce and bring different skills and knowledge. We therefore encourage and welcome applications for our vacancies from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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