Volunteering and work experience at UHMBT
“A little of your spare time can mean a lot”
Our volunteers are a vital part of our success. We provide the best possible care in every way and much of the support we provide wouldn’t be possible without our generous volunteers. Whether it’s helping run a fundraising event, hospital radio, ward helper or offering a caring ear, our volunteers' generosity make our services better.
There are a variety of voluntary roles within the Trust and the number is growing by the day. Volunteers provide support all around the main hospital sites as well as in other locations where we provide services
The Voluntary Services department enables suitably trained hospital volunteers to help in a variety of ways throughout the hospital, deploying them where they are most needed and suited.
We are keen to hear from people who can spare around 4-10 hours per month and who would be interested in helping on the wards, in particular helping at mealtimes, in clinics, and in Outpatients, supporting the voluntary service office, or acting as a meet and greet guide helping patients to find their way to various destinations within our hospitals.
Volunteering not only improves the experiences of our patients, visitors and staff, but also provides an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. Whether you are looking to gain experience in a healthcare environment or simply give a little back to your community.
We currently have a number of volunteer opportunities available at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Westmorland General Hospital.
The role of the volunteer is, and must remain, complementary to the role of paid staff. Volunteers are not an alternative resource or a substitute to be used to fill temporary vacant or discontinued paid posts.
Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of at least four months of service. The minimum age for most voluntary roles is 18 years.
Where can you volunteer?
Talk to patients, help patients to select meals, assist with feeding, run errands and bed making.
- Dining companions
Assist at meal times - distributing meals, making drinks, talking to patients.
General administration duties including filing, photocopying, data entry, reception duties.
Tend to garden area (watering, dead heading, pruning plants and shrubs.)
- Information Centre Meet and greet service
Welcome visitors, ensure leaflet racks are stocked and tidy, seeking patients comments, suggestions and complaints.
- Welcome desk
Help visitors with general enquiries, provide directions.
- Escorting and directing
Walk visitors to their required destination within the hospital, help with general enquiries.
Assist with writing case studies and articles for publishing, public speaking.
Meet and greet women and visitors and show them where they need to go, support staff in the care of pregnant women and new mums, help on the ward, assist administration duties.
- Information Management and Technology
Assist with answering and resolving incoming calls to the switchboard and facilities service desk.
- Blood bikers North West
Blood Bikes North West is an Emergency Volunteer Service that provides the out of hours transportation of urgent medical supplies such as; samples, results and scans, medication and equipment to any NHS establishment within the Northwest.
- Hospital Radio
Work involves ward visiting to meet the patients, presentation, production and fund-raising.
There are 2 radio stations covering our three hospital sites, Radio Lonsdale for Barrow and Bay Trust radio for Kendal and Lancaster. Find out more about volunteering at these stations here:
How do you become a volunteer?
From time to time we have volunteer opportunities available at Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, and Westmorland General Hospital.
All our volunteer vacancies when available can be viewed on line by clicking here.
For further information on volunteering at UHMBT, contact Barry Rigg FMCI, on email@example.com
Work experience provides an opportunity for students to shadow relevant staff, thus enabling the work experience student to gain a better understanding of the role(s) they shadow.
Most work experience placements last no longer than one week and the minimum age for work experience is 16 years.
How do you apply for work experience?
- Complete application form by clicking here
- Submit completed application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Take part in our recruitment checks, including providing references
Applicants should either live or study within our main catchment area as we have limited places available.
When should you apply for work experience at UHMBT?
- From 2 January 2014 to 28 February 2014 for placements in April 2014 to August 2014.
- From 5 August 2014 to 27 September 2014 for placements in October 2014 to February 2015 (excluding 23 December 2014 to 5 January 2015)
Due to the number the large number of applications we receive, it is not possible to acknowledge receipt of application forms. If you have not been contacted four weeks after submitting, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.
We will only discuss applications with the applicant
For further information on work experience at UHMBT, contact Barry Rigg FMCI, on email@example.com