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Volunteer - Set for Surgery


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Voluntary: Volunteer
  • Flexible working
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0 hours per week (Various)
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Across Morecambe Bay
Across Morecambe Bay
09/12/2021 08:00

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

Volunteer - Set for Surgery

We are seeking Volunteer Patient Champions to support our new and exciting Set for Surgery initiative. The project aim is to help patients achieve their health goals whilst waiting for their surgery in Morecambe Bay.

Set for Surgery – What does this mean?

Evidence tells us that simple changes, such as exercising more, eating more healthily, or reducing how much alcohol we drink before an operation can all help to increase our ability to recover. A new approach has been captured in the Patient Charter , which invites patients to set goals for themselves, to improve their own health. Patients can often recover much more quickly from surgery as well, with fewer complications when they are physically and mentally prepared.

Our vision is to recruit a bank of volunteers who will be able to provide peer support to patients. As a member of our great team, you will help our patients receive the right wellness advice, support and resources before surgery, providing that essential ‘helping hand’ at a time when someone may feel vulnerable and frightened. For more information, please visit our decided webpages here Transforming-surgical-care

To apply for this role experience with working with the public is essential

Main duties of the job

Could you be a Set for Surgery volunteer?

This is a unique experience to work with our highly skilled team of clinicians and professional support colleagues to improve the lives of others. Imagine how great you could feel helping others.

You might have had a surgical procedure yourself and be able to sympathise with the patient through reflecting on your own experiences. Or you might simply feel you have the necessary skills and time to support others.

You will:

- Have experience working with the public

- Be matched with a group of patients

- Act as peer support for appropriate patients undertaking a potential surgical pathway, who wish to adopt a more proactive wellness approach

- Provide appropriate level of peer support

- Adhere to contemporary guidance in terms of documentation of contracts and interactions with patients

- Be given appropriate training

- Be supported by a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator

Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals-Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community healthcare premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre. 

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services. 

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses. 

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/  

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Experience in working with others
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Annette Shepherd
Job title
Volunteer Coordinator
Email address
Telephone number
01229 404434
Additional information

For further details please contact: Annette Shepherd – Volunteer Coordinator – Set for Surgery mbht.volunteers@mbht.nhs.uk

( 01229 404434

( 07816 34213