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Ward Buddy Volunteer

Job Reference: 449-VOL07

Solent NHS Trust

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Solent NHS Trust to become a Ward Buddy. We have multiple vacancies available across Southampton and Portsmouth.

The aim of the role is to provide social support on a day to day basis, engage in conversations and encourage and support patients with the Friends & Family Survey. Your role will involve receiving daily tasks from the Senior Nurse on duty, which will be in line with the attached role description. Some of these tasks are included below:

  • Provide social support to patients on a day to day basis.
  • Make staff aware of patient's needs and requests as appropriate.
  • Encourage patents to fill in the Friends and Family Test (FFT) survey.

Please note: This is a Voluntary Role. This post does not offer a visa sponsorship.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further then please contact the Volunteer & Patient Experience Service via or call 023 8103 1167.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff)
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers
  • Opportunity to purchase a public transport annual season ticket - 11 month repayment period

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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