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Become a Volunteer

Volunteering within the NHS helps to improve the patient experience and offers a great opportunity to give something back to your local community. 

All potential volunteers must:

  • Complete the NHS Recruitment process which includes appropriate clearance from Disclosure Scotland and satisfactory reference checks.  

Any potential volunteer will be risk assessed in accordance with NHSGGC COVID-19 volunteering guidance. 

You can view currently opportunities below. This list is constantly updated so please check back if the type of role you are interested in is not listed.

Work/Student Placement

Volunteering should not be viewed as a work or educational placement and such requests must be negotiated through the Learning and Educational team and not Volunteer Services.

NHSGGC Adult Acute Hospital Opportunities

Ward Volunteers (specific hospital sites)

About this role 

Our Ward Volunteers provide friendship and conversation for patients: some may be elderly; others may not have any visitors as they are far from home.  The aim is to enhance their experience in hospital and potentially avoid them becoming frustrated, which can stem from prolonged periods of time where stimulation is lacking.

The role is a busy one which will require an organised and friendly approach.

Key Tasks

  • Be welcoming by chatting to patients and making them feel at ease
  • As a helping hand to hospital staff, assist in distributing food at lunch and dinner times
  • Offer companionship to patients, chatting with them at the bedside and keeping them company while they eat.

Skills and experience required

  • Communicate confidently in a friendly, sensitive, caring and calm manner
  • Have good organization skills and an ability to prioritise and manage busy periods of activity
  • Observe boundaries and work confidentially
  • Have a willingness to undertake training and comply with policies and procedures, particularly around infection control and social distancing regulations
  • Use your own initiative appropriately and contribute to the overall efforts of the team
  • Work independently, but respond to guidance when appropriate.

What we can offer you

  • A rewarding volunteer role
  • Full training 
  • Great experience for your CV
  • The opportunity to meet new people and volunteer in a hospital setting.

Time requirements

This varies across the sites but in general, we ask volunteers to commit to at least one session, of 4 hours, per week.

Potential Volunteers will be risk assessed in accordance to NHS GGC COVID-19 volunteering guidance. All potential volunteers must complete the NHS Recruitment process, which includes appropriate clearance from Disclosure Scotland, and satisfactory health & reference checks.

Hospital Welcome Guides (specific hospital sites)

About this role 

High numbers of people walk through the front entrance of our hospitals on a daily basis, especially at peak times of the day. Some may require guidance to find their way around or have questions they wish to ask.

Volunteer Guides offer a friendly and helpful welcome to patients, families and visitors and guide them to where they want to go within the hospital.

This service is one of the most successful volunteering programmes within our healthboard.

We currently have opportunities at:

  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Key Tasks

  • Actively observe patients/visitors at the hospital entrance who may need your assistance
  • Be welcoming. Chat to patients and visitors and make them feel at ease
  • Guide people from main entrances to where they wish to go, accompanying them if required
  • Encourage visitors to sanitise their hands on arrival
  • Provide a face covering for those visitors who do not have one.

Skills and experience required

  • Communicate with staff and visitors in a friendly, sensitive, caring and calm manner
  • Observe boundaries and work confidentially
  • Have a willingness to undertake training and comply with policies and procedures
  • Use your own initiative appropriately and contribute to the overall efforts of the team
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.

What we can offer you

  • A rewarding volunteer role
  • Full training 
  • Great experience for your CV
  • The opportunity to meet new people
  • The opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting.

Time requirements

This varies across the sites. In general, we ask volunteers to commit to at least one session (4 hours) per week, during the following time periods:

Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 12.30pm and 12.30pm – 5.00pm.

Rehabilitation Support Volunteer (specific hospital sites)

About this role 

Our rehabilitation volunteers help provide a positive hospital experience to our patients.

This role is about engaging with patients to:

  • Help reduce boredom
  • Improve wellbeing
  • Help patients work towards their goals
  • Support the patient throughout their hospital stay.

On admission, patients are usually unwell and can be distressed. It is very rewarding to support patients through these stressful periods and work with them to enable them to return home. This includes helping patients gain independence with tasks that they may have struggled with previously.

Volunteers work alongside our Occupational Therapists and/or Physiotherapists, to enable patients to work toward things that matter to them. This may include living as independently as possible, improving quality of life, or achieving something very meaningful to the person.

We currently have opportunities at:

  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital.

About this role

This role would suit someone studying to be an Allied Health Professional or a retired Allied Health Professional. You must enjoy interacting with people and feel comfortable in a ward or clinical environment.

This role is open to individuals over the age of 18.

Key tasks and duties

Specific examples of what our volunteers do:

  • Work directly with OT/PT
  • Encourage fluids and snacks post physio (making tea)
  • Provide one to one companionship with patients as required
  • Support patients to practise doing things that will help them to be more independent when they return home ie. assist with mealtime and serving refreshments and practice activities that matter to the patient
  • Assist the patient to carry out exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist. These may be chair exercises or bed exercises if the person needs AO1 to walk.

Time requirements

Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 3.00pm.

Volunteers must commit to at least one three hour slot each week for at least 9-12 months.

Note:

Volunteers will not be involved in any personal care roles. All of the above tasks may include group work or individual one to one sessions to be held in patient lounge areas, bedded bay areas or in patient-side rooms.

Volunteer Support – Staff Rest & Recuperation Hub Volunteer

About this role 

In response to the pandemic, NHSGGC created staff Rest & Recuperation Hubs to support staff wellbeing. The hubs provide a staff-only area with complimentary snacks, hot drinks and a place to eat. It also provides an ‘Active Space’ with games and a ‘Quiet Space’ for relaxation and reflection. 

The role is a busy one which requires an organised and friendly approach. 

We currently have opportunities at:

  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Key tasks

  • Support the effective running of the Hubs and provide a warm welcome to staff and visitors making use of the space
  • Serve complimentary refreshments within the Hub
  • Manage stock, such as newspaper and snacks, to ensure an adequate supply at different times of the day
  • Work with staff to provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment for all those attending the Hubs.

Skills and experience required

  • Communicate confidently in a friendly, sensitive, caring and calm manner
  • Have a good level of organizational skill and an ability to prioritise and manage busy periods of activity
  • Observe boundaries and work confidentially
  • Have a willingness to undertake training and comply with policies and procedures, particularly around infection control and social distancing regulations
  • Use own initiative appropriately and contribute to the overall efforts of the team
  • Work independently, but respond to guidance when appropriate.
Give and Go Volunteers

About this role 

This role is closed.

The Give & Go service is a vital link for our patients and their loved ones whilst patients are unable to receive visitors. The volunteer-run initiative is a busy service in which our volunteers take receipt of essential comfort items such as toiletries and clothes from relatives/carers, to be delivered up to the patients on the wards. 

The volunteer team also collect laundry from our patients, to be delivered back to relatives for home laundering. 

The role is a busy and very physical role which involves a lot of movement around the hospital site. 

We currently have opportunities at:

  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital
  • Royal Alexandria Hospital
  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Key tasks

  • Be welcoming. Chat to patients and visitors, and make them feel at ease
  • Take patient packages up to the wards where patients are not allowed visitors
  • Bring down patient laundry from the ward to be returned to patient relatives/carers
  • Manage the administration required to support the service, inc. recording patient details and ensuring an audit trail for parcels
  • Actively observe patients/visitors at the hospital entrance who may appear in need of assistance
  • Advise staff of any arising queries or concerns.

Skills and experience required 

  • The ability to communicate confidently in a friendly, sensitive, caring and calm manner
  • A good level of organizational skill and an ability to prioritise and manage busy periods of activity
  • Observe boundaries and work confidentially
  • A willingness to undertake training and comply with policies and procedures, particularly around infection control and social distancing regulations
  • Be able to use your own initiative appropriately and contribute to the overall efforts of the team
  • Work independently, but respond to guidance when appropriate.

What we can offer you

  • A rewarding volunteer role
  • Full training
  • Great experience for your CV
  • The opportunity to meet new people
  • The opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting.

Time requirements 

This varies across the sites, but in general, we ask that volunteers to commit to at least one session (4 hours) per week, during the following time periods:

Monday to Friday, 12.00pm – 5.00pm.

This role is closed.

Volunteer with the Chaplaincy Service

Do you like listening to people tell their stories?

Chaplaincy Volunteer Visitors are trained and supported by The Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Team to visit patients, offer conversation, and make the hospital experience easier.

The Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Team is part of the health and social care team. They support patients, relatives, visitors and staff in the context of illness, injury or loss. They offer compassionate, person-centred care. This service is available to the whole hospital community – people of all backgrounds, faiths and belief groups and none.

How do I apply?

Apply now stating ‘Chaplaincy’ as your preferred role choice, or for more information/questions email chaplains@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or call 0141 452 3221.

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