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Older Peoples Medicine (OPM) Volunteers

Older Peoples Medicine (OPM) Volunteers

Organisation role · 2–4 hrs/Week
NR4 7UY, Norwich, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
AssistanceCare workBefriendingSupport workAccompanyingSocial contactArts & craftsCreativeMusic
HealthWellbeingCommunity & family
Good health and well-beingQuality educationReduced inequalities
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Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Summary

We are looking for volunteers who can empathise with elderly people, have a good sense of humour and are resilient to the challenges of a hospital setting.

Detailed description

Our volunteers are really embedded in the clinical infrastructure of Older Peoples Medicine and play a vital role in supporting our patients, their families and our staff. They offer companionship, social interaction and enrichment for our frail/elderly and patients with dementia. Their interventions are overseen by our clinical teams to support speedier recovery and better health outcomes.

Nutrition and Hydration: Volunteers are trained by our Speech and language team to assist patients to eat if they lack the dexterity, strength or motivation to feed themselves.

Deconditioning: Volunteers work alongside our OT’s and Physio’s to deliver a “Move to Improve” programme. The project is designed to reduce hospital acquired deconditioning and aims to encourage patients to walk, move to music or carry out simple bedside or armchair exercises.

Dementia: On average 10% of our patients have dementia at any one time and volunteering is an integral part of our dementia strategy. Volunteers complete “This is me” booklets and offer memory stimulating activities and pastoral care.

Volunteers can literally be a lifeline for some elderly patients, they can sit and chat with those who have no family, offer companionship, confidence and encourage mind stimulating activity sessions which might include arts and crafts, card games, board games and even a sing along! 

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Volunteers are crucial to the NHS’s vision for the future of health and social care and there has never been a better time to become a volunteer in a health care setting.
The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital has invested greatly in its volunteer programme and is able to offer a variety of rewarding and impactful volunteering opportunities which benefit the volunteers, our patients, our families, and our hospital staff.
If you would like to contribute to your local community, learn new skills, meet new friends or discover career options while contributing to a great experience of care, we have a role for you!
There is a myriad of volunteer roles at NNUH, providing stimulating, challenging, and rewarding opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our volunteers provide a valuable non-clinical dimension to hospital life, contributing their skills to wards, clinics, way finding, administration, telephone wellbeing, fundraising, hydration & nutrition, Dementia, Driving and Settling in at home, to name but a few.