Why we want to involve volunteers within Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS)
As well as increasing resources and people power volunteers support our trust by:
- bringing additional skills offer a wider perspective and fresh ideas
- extending diversity and inclusion in our organisation
- generating innovation and help us try new things
All of our volunteers are offered a volunteer induction. These inductions are informal three hour sessions providing information about the trust, the services it provides and the involvement and volunteering opportunities on offer. We aim to run a session every month and will be delivering these at different locations around the county.
If you are interested in attending an induction session, or would like some additional information, please contact LCHS membership on 01522 308857 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We currently have a number of volunteering opportunities:
LCHS produces a wide range of resources aimed at giving patients the information they need to complement their care. We are committed to ensuring it is easy to understand, useful and accessible to all sections of the community.
To help us achieve this we are looking for people to join our readers’ panel. As members of the panel, volunteers are sent information such as leaflets and policies to read and comment on and are asked to think about:
- how information is worded
- how it is presented
- whether it answers the questions you would have
The LCHS readers’ panel requires no previous knowledge or expertise, just honest feedback. Volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality form.
To help us understand the first impressions patients have of the care they receive from our teams, our organisation regularly undertakes the 15 Steps Challenge across all our community services. The 15 Steps Challenge has been designed to help LCHS think more carefully about quality of care from a patient’s point of view and we are looking for volunteers to help us in this process.
15 Steps Volunteer are part of a small team visiting a service, considering the environment, talking to the patients and staff and assessing whether you would be happy to receive the care provided.
Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE)
Good environments matter. Every NHS patient should be cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean, safe environment. PLACE visits are an opportunity to get involved and help us improve our hospital care environment in Gainsborough, Louth, Skegness and Spalding.
By taking part in PLACE visits, volunteers are instrumental in ensuring our hospitals have a clean, safe environment where we can treat our patients with care, compassion and dignity.
Are you interested in supporting a local service that has made a difference to you or your family and friends? If so, we want to hear from you. We are looking for people to who can support fundraising activities for our Charitable Funds.
LCHS Charitable Funds is an independent and dedicated charity that plays a vital role in supporting us to make a difference to service user care. The charity supports innovative projects to enhance services and facilities that would not be funded by the NHS. Some of our recent fundraising activities have included a walk up Ben Nevis, a head shave and a hospital ball. No idea for fundraising is too big or too small – we would love to discuss your ideas with you.
The aim of community hospitals is to provide the right care to patients in the right place, by the right healthcare professional and in a timely way. The care provided enables patients to increase their independence, improve their health outcomes and avoid unnecessary admission to acute hospitals or long term care.
Being in hospital can be a worrying and sometimes lonely experience. Patients tell us that the special qualities that volunteers bring make them feel cared for and reassured. Volunteers play a vital role in our community hospitals; spending time on the wards, talking and listening to patients, playing board games/cards/dominoes with patients and assisting with refreshments.
Many of the patients that have been through our cardiac service now support the service as volunteers. They undertake tasks such as greeting patients and carers attending the exercise/education programme. Having had personal experience of the service they are able to tell patients what to expect and put them at ease. Volunteers are an integral part of this service assisting a range of duties from preparing and cleaning the exercise equipment to providing refreshments.
We would like to offer more volunteering opportunities. If you have a particular area of interest, or there is something else you would really like to do, please let us know.